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The Secret to Managing Credit Card Debt

Mar 19, 2008
Having credit cards is like having a loan, a very expensive loan. This loan becomes a debt, when it becomes difficult to pay it off quickly. There is a price to pay with having extended debt. There are extra fees, interest rates, and penalties. Credit card companies profit off of these fees, penalties, and interest rates, and hope that you keep having revolving debt, or debt that rolls over from month to month. Unfortunately, most card holders carry a monthly balance.

The secret to getting ahead and saving money is to pay more than the monthly minimum payment. The monthly minimum payment is not your friend. For example, if you have $6,600 of credit card debt and make the monthly minimum payment, it will take over twenty five years to pay off the debt; and that is with having a reasonable interest rate. You will never pay off your debt by making the monthly minimum payment.

It is possible for one's debt to increase by making the monthly minimum payment. The benefit of having a monthly payment, which enables you to make payments in installments, can be eliminated by overbearing interest and balance fees. The best way to overcome this, is to pay more than the miminum monthly payment. It's best to pay two to three times the monthly payment.

A bill is being considered that would require credit card companies to inform the public about the consequences of paying the minimum monthly payment. This type of legislation would greatly benefit card holders and educate them, so that they can manage their credit cards better.

The best way to manage credit card debt is to pay off your balance each month. You can chip away at the debt by paying more than the monthly payment. The higher your debt, the higher your monthly payment will be.

You can also pay down debt by using work bonuses, income tax returns, or even a second job. In addition, you can transfer high interest balances to low interest or %0 interest credit cards.

If debt is not managed, and it becomes difficult to pay your monthly payment, you can hurt or ruin your credit score if payments are skipped.

Paying the minimum monthly balance on credit cards may seem convenient for the short term. However, there are long term consequences that can hurt you financially. The best thing to do is pay off your debt or, pay it off as quickly as possible, to avoid fees, penalties, and interest.
About the Author
Ruth Esther is an affiliate marketer. She operates a successful online business. You can obtain low interest credit cards and credits cards that can benefit you, by going to my website, http://Immediate.NewCreditApplications.com
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