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Managing your credit card debt

Mar 29, 2008
The percentage of people who own at least one credit card increases every year but there again, credit card debt is also at a record high as well; the industry may be flourishing but the ease with which credit is given is causing financial distress to many. When you owe thousands of dollars then you need to seriously consider ways to pay off the debt before it gets too late. It now remains for each individual to realize what a position they are in and find some way to obtain credit card debt relief.

At this point it is important to start as you mean to go on and stop all spending on the card otherwise it will make arranging a debt relief plan much harder to implement. This fist stage is the most difficult but once the decision has been made it is then just a matter of looking at all the credit card debt relief options available. Of the options available, three in particular come to mind as the best ways to approach the debt consolidation problem.

Obviously, the easiest way to proceed is to apply for a credit card with a low interest rate on balance transfers where the debt can be consolidated where repayments can be made regularly within a specified budget. Another method is to arrange a consolidation loan to relieve the debt, then paying just one amount which is easier and within a budget.

This option does require a certain willingness on the part of the person in debt to be strict about the payments and the regularity in which they are made if they really want to end the debt problem. This option will not work if the credit standing of the debtor is poor and they are not in a financial position to pay off their debts monthly.

At this point, debt negotiation is one option available, provided you decide to make a lump sum payment and if the debtor lets a credit card debt relief company negotiate with the creditors on their behalf. Normally, when these negotiations proceed approximately half the debt will need to be paid and the remainder to be written off by the creditors.

Bankruptcy should always be viewed as a last resort when all other options have been tried as there are serious consequences to this course of action. This final option means that the slate will be wiped clean but trying to access credit of any kind will be very difficult whilst the bankruptcy is in force so rebuilding the credit history will take some time. Once your debts have been cleared, hopefully you will learn to be more responsible and not require debt relief from your credit cards ever again.
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