Many people only realize the consequences of an extravagant lifestyle when they appear to be a significant culprit. The ease of use and convenience of plastic cards and several competitive offerings have only increased the popularity of credit cards as a means of payment. If you are one of several people who can’t make purchases without a credit card, think again about whether this card will put you into a lot of debt and how long it will take to pay it off. Here are a few things to consider before going all out with this credit card and ending up with a sizeable amount of debt that will take years to pay off.
The best way to avoid debt is to live alone. Having a credit card isn’t all bad as long as you spend with caution and discretion and have enough savings to pay the outstanding amount on time.
Plan to close your credit card debt:
For people with multiple cards, calculate your outstanding balance on each card. Each of these accounts must be adequately paid. Try paying the smaller bills first. Then move on to the larger ones. Or you can only close the high-interest account due to your debt situation.
Also, if possible, try to transfer some of the debt to the other card when the interest rate is lower. Or you can consolidate your credit card debt by moving the balance of all your credit cards onto a single card. Zero APR and similar offers can help but read the small print carefully.
A mortgage loan can be another way to pay off credit card debt. Even if you were to risk your home, the interest rate on the equity loan would be much lower than the interest rate on your cards.
Get professional help:
All said and done. If your credit history has been hit hard and you are considering filing for bankruptcy, it may be worth checking with companies that offer debt relief help. However, some caution is advised here as well. It’s even better to put money aside to make all of your payments rather than relying on a debt management company to negotiate your credit card statement. There is no guarantee that the company can convince the card provider to accept a smaller partial payment for a debt.