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Do You Want To Lower Your Credit Card Debt?

Apr 24, 2008
As Americans, most of us have a lot of credit card debt. Sure, we've ALL heard THAT before, correct? Except for now it\'s become very personal-right? Your credit card debt has risen too high and it\'s driving you crazy.

Alright, take a chill pill. Don't be so fast to file for bankruptcy. Bear in mind that it's most advantageous for your creditor to work with you to bring things back into line.

I've put some ideas below that will help you get your credit card debt under control:

Firstly, simply contact your credit card issuer and inform them of your situation. Request that they lower your interest rate or a plan to repay. Possibly you might not have thought of this because naturally you are very polite, but it is in your best interest to always be courteous when dealing with your creditor. Be firm, and polite. Present yourself as the one who knows exactly what you are asking for and that you expect to get it. If you are unsure about what you are asking for, perhaps you might want to consider a credit counseling service with a good reputation. There are many honest organizations in existence whose sole purpose is to help you negotiate with your creditors.

Second, you have to STOP using the credit cards. Burn them, cut them up, and run them through the shredder. Do whatever it takes to keep the credit cards out of your purse or wallet. Like the famous saying-\"JUST DO IT\"! You cannot continue contributing to the problem by creating even more debt.

This can be the most difficult part of lowering your credit card debt. You are addicted to spending money that you can't afford to spend. You have to quit- cold turkey.

Begin paying the credit cards off with the higher interest rate first. Work down from there. How is that done? Focus your efforts on the high interest rate credit cards by paying more than the minimum payment each and every month. The minimum amount is just designed to keep you enslaved for longer, anyway.

The credit card companies aren\'t in business to lose money and it\'s in their best interest to keep you paying them for as long as possible. Even a small amount extra each month pays off in a big way in the long run.

Finally, hold your chin high and keep a good attitude. Many, Many people just like you have started to cut their credit card debt by following these very steps I\'ve outlined here. You can too!

Good Luck!
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"James Conner" - In order to read more about credit card debt consolidation and getting on top of of your credit, visit the Where-In order to-Find.net Article Directory, and read more about finance and credit cards.
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