Getting Control of your Credit Card Debt

How often have we found ourselves to be in the receiving end of a credit card bill gone awry? The problem with credit card is that if it’s easy to buy things that you’ve always wanted, it’s even easier to fall into a debt trap. There isn’t anything wrong in keeping credit cards, but for those who lack fiscal discipline, this is nothing but a death knell. Fortunately a few yet decisive changes can pull you out of a bad credit card debt.

The first and foremost thing to do is to scrutinize the path that led you here. What made you come to this point? A series and honest introspection is what is important even before you start on a process of clearing your credit card debt.  Make a list of the monthly income and expenditure. Is there something that you can downsize or maybe even cut down on?

For those who’ve got to clear more than one credit card debt, get a list of the outstanding balance in all the cards. List these out and arrange them in an order where the card with the highest interest rate is ranked first and the lowest ranked last. Determine how much it would take to pay the minimum balance in each and check if you afford to pay the same.  But make sure you pay a little more than the minimum amount. Generally, the minimum amount payable is the interest on the principal amount and you cannot clear the principal until you pay more than the amount quoted.

The card that costs you the most in interest rates is the one where the additional money from the budget should go as this is the one that has to be cleared first. This process can be continued until you clear the one the costliest debt. You can similarly clear the other debts.

Identity thefts are very common today and hence when you receive your credit card bills; make sure you purchased the items mentioned in the list. And when paying for utilities, make sure that you use a safe and secure system.

Banks today are fast realizing the demon called credit card debts and hence to help people declaring bankruptcy have started offering debt programs, whereby you can easily repay these loans. But there are some banks that may charge you an interest rate on the amount.

Another method of clearing debts is to seek help from professional credit card debt counseling companies that provide a legitimate and honest plan to help debtors. They also provide a credit card installment plan where people can get pay back through easy installments that are carefully determined.  A very low interest rate is applied to the purchase of goods and can be paid in 12 equal monthly installment payments.

These agencies also turn off credit card debts until a person’s purchase of real property is made. The contracts are closed after the credit card debt is closed.  The best part of using the services of these agencies is that there is no installment surety system, bond and hence reliable and clear.