Be Smart With Your Credit Card Debt
Do you worry about reducing your debt? If yes then why are so many people only paying the minimum payment on their credit cards? Is it because they think if they keep paying the minimum payment every month it will pay itself off within months? Well that is not the case and we have to sort this problem out and fast.
Credit card companies love the fact they we only pay the minimum payment every month. Why? because they are raking it in while the interest rates are crippling us. So what started out as a small credit card bill could escalate into thousands of pounds. Say your credit card statement arrives your balance is £2000 the minimum payment is £40 which is 2% of your balance, if you keep paying just the minimum payment itís the interest that most of your £40 is going to and not much to your bill.
The minimum re-payments have dropped as the credit card companies and banks originally charged 10%, but they found that customers where paying their debt back a lot quicker with the 10%. So the way for them to get more interest out of us was for them to reduce the percentage of the minimum payment, making us think that they where helping us but in fact they where just getting more money from us by adding on more interest, as it will take longer for us to pay of the credit card bills.
So what to do if you find yourself in this situation:
Stop using your credit card, better still cut it up (in case you get tempted) Sit down and workout how much more you can pay than the minimum payment theyíre asking for, once you have worked out how much stick to it even when you see the minimum payments going down donít be tempted to reduce your payment or your be back to square one.
If you have more than one credit card the best way to reduce your debt is once again stop using them. Work out which one has the highest interest rate and make the highest payment to that card. Keep paying the minimum payment on your other cards and once the card with the highest interest rate is paid off, go to the next highest card and so on until all your cards are paid off.
You may have to tighten your belt in for a while but this will save you a lot of money in the long run. Yes we all need credit cards and if you use them properly they are fine, but if you cannot afford to pay them off at the end of the month then this is when you get yourself into all sorts of trouble.
About the Author: Peter Kenny is a writer for creditcards-gb
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