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How To Get Out Of Credit Card Debt

Aug 17, 2007
With more and more people getting credit cards, the chances of debt are increasing. If you are in credit card debt and are afraid your debts will overwhelm you then it is time to change that. Although it can seem impossible, there are ways out of credit card debt, and if you want it to happen then you can begin getting out of debt today.

Stop spending

The first and most important thing you need to do is to stop spending money and putting yourself in more debt. You cannot start to get out of debt if you continually add to the debt. Cut out all unnecessary spending and do not buy anything that isn't essential. You will be amazed how much you can save if you stick to this.

Budget

Next you need to create a strict budget plan that honestly shows how much you need to spend each month and how much money you are bringing in. You can then work out the maximum you can pay each month towards the debt. Having a budget will help you to spend less and also give you motivation to pay off your debt quickly. If you can see that the debt is getting smaller each month then you will be more motivated to continue.

Don't expect an overnight cure

Although you can begin changing things right now, you need to realise that getting out of debt is not a quick process. It can take just a few weeks or months to get into debt, but it will likely take years to get out of it again. Although it can be tough, you need to be disciplined and remain focused on your long-term goals.

Consult a professional

If you really cannot cope on your own, then seek help from a professional debt counsellor or money expert. These people specialise in helping people find ways to get out of debt, and can often see things from a neutral standpoint that will shed new light on your situation.

Transfer balances

If you have debts on a variety of cards, then try and transfer the balances to the lowest interest rate cards where possible. Once a card is paid off then cancel it immediately, as this will help you to avoid spending more money again.

Consolidate

Although borrowing money is not the solution to getting out of credit card debt, it can help to speed up the process. Credit cards usually have high interest rates, and if you can take out a loan to pay them off, then this might help. However, if the loan is for too long a term then the benefits will be minimal. Only consolidate your debts if it really is of long-term financial benefit to you. Otherwise, just pay as much as you can each month whilst reducing your spending and you will see your debt reduced and eventually disappears.
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Peter Kenny is a writer for creditcards-gb.co.uk.
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