5 Steps To Reduce Your Credit Card Debt Down To More
Bringing your credit card debt down is not an easy
process. After all, it takes real willpower to bring it down. Most
folks today don’t carry cash, which makes it so easy to swipe a credit
card. Believe it or not, it won’t take long before the balance on a
credit card - not to mention the interest – begins to add up. Thus,
decreasing how much debt you have will need a serious, well-thought out
plan that you must execute… if you are going to succeed.
How To Reduce Your Credit Card Debt
1 – Don’t Spend Near As Much On It
This is pretty self-explanatory. If you don’t spend near as much on
your card, you won’t have to pay near as much back. This is
the ultimate key to reducing the amount of debt you have. So,
unless you have a sudden windfall of money to pay off your creditors,
the best way to reduce
the balance is to pay more than just the minimum owed.
2 – Keep One Or Two On Hand
If you have more than two credits on hand, begin to get
rid of them. Use your other two cards for emergencies but not
for everyday or impulse purchases. Be sure you look through the cards
to see which ones offer you the best interest rates. Get rid of the
high interest rate cards.
3 – Take Advantage Of Low/Zero Percent Interest Rates
If you’re looking to reduce
your debt, be sure you take advantage of offers that give you
low-interest or zero percent interest. All credit card companies want
your business and they’ll do what they can to keep yours. Many of them
offer special low rates for balance transfers. If you can obtain six
months of no interest and make large payments, the entire payment goes
toward that balance…not the interest!
Look at reducing your credit card debt like it’s a part-time job. You
always want to look for special offers and coordinate them so when the
current card you have is about to increase its interest rate, you’ll
have the new card in your hand. This doesn’t always work out but keep
your eyes peeled and you’ll see how often these offers come in the mail.
4 – Compare The Interest Rates
Be sure you look at all the interest rates on your cards. If you find
one that’s offering you a lower rate, there are two things you can do.
A – If you’ve got room on the lower rate card, transfer some, if not
all, of the higher rate card’s balance.
B – Speak with the representatives of the higher interest rate credit
card. See if they’ll work with you to lower your interest rate. They
may be more inclined to do so if they know you have a competing card
with a lower rate.
5 – Set Up Automatic Payment
The final way to reduce your credit card debt is to set up automatic
payment. This can be very effective in bringing your overall
debt down to manageable levels. You’re going to need willpower if you
find something you like and have extra money on hand. You’ll need to
decide if paying for those extras is worth it or if you should pay the
debt down. When the bank does it for you, it leaves you with no choice
but to pay that debt down.
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