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Credit Card Debt Help & How To Find It

Apr 14, 2008
There is no doubt about it. Credit cards have changed our lives. I wont say that they are all bad, but frankly they have created a society deep in credit card debt. Help too often comes in the form of bankruptcy or other drastic measures. Measures leading to poor credit, and the inability to borrow money when it may be necessary. Home and car loans become nearly impossible to get, and when they are approved the interest is exorbitant. You can get credit card debt help, you just need to know your options.

If you look through any magazine, watch the late night commercials on television or surf the Internet, you will will notice hundreds of companies offering help with credit card debt. Bankruptcy may alleviate the burden of credit card debt, helping to provide temporary relief. It also destroys your credit for a minimum of 7 years, and most likely 10 years or more.

Consumers who are deeply in debt may be able to get credit card debt help from relatives and close friends. If your credit score is still good, you may consider a debt consolidation loan. This comes with a warning however. If you borrow against a secured asset like your home, to pay off an unsecured asset like your credit cards - the debt isn't really gone. You are paying it every month when you make your mortgage payment. This can be a successful strategy if you incur no further credit card debt and you make an effort to pay down the amount of the mortgage that has increased because of the newly added debt.

Unfortunately in our credit card driven society, we sometimes get credit card debt help in the form of a new loan, only to run up the balances on the cards and end up in the same problem. I always advise my clients to destroy all but one of their credit cards if they decide to use a debt consolidation loan. The one card that is kept, should never be carried, but simply left at home for emergencies.

If you need credit card debt help, you are definitely not alone. Once technique that can be used is to shop around for a new card. Some will offer 0% on balance transfers. This is a great way to get balances paid down. Again its vital to destroy the old card so that the problem doesn't pop up again.

You should understand how interest is calculated on all of your credit cards. Many people never really look at their bill. If your looking for credit card debt help, you need to know how interest is calculated, and how much of your payment is actually being applied to the principle balance vs. just paying interest.

Credit cards can change your life for better or for worse. They can provide a convenient way to smooth out emergencies, or leave you miserable and mired in credit card debt. Help can come in many forms, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. You can take control of your credit card debt, and live a debt free life.
About the Author
Ted Batron is a financial expert who specializes in debt counseling and custom debt elimination plans. He has developed a short eCourse that's a great primer for those who are want to learn how to negotiate, eliminate and settle credit card debt at a 30-70% discount and become debt free. If you would like to know more about Ted Batrons "5 Debt Settlement Secrets You Should Know" eCourse, visit http://www.No-Debt.net
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