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How to Get Yourself Out of a Bad Credit Card Debt

Aug 17, 2007
More than half of the American population is in a debt of some sort. From mortgages to car loans, insurance premiums to college tuition, it is now almost impossible to live comfortably without getting your credit and spending abilities in jeopardy.

The lifestyle of an average class family might increase over the years, but if the overall household income will remain the same, there will be no money
for the kid's college tuition, no funds to replace an old car or fix up some parts of the house.

Plus, you will never know what unexpected expenses might come up, such as hospitalization expenses in case of an emergency. It is better to have saved
some money for the rainy days than have to resort to even more credit card debt in cases like these.

If you find yourself in a rut with a very bad credit card debt, do not lose hope because with careful planning, you just might be able to get yourself
out of it. Here's how:

1. Do not use another credit card to pay off your debt from another credit card.

Instead of having just one credit card debt to pay, you would be having two loans to pay off. In this case, the interest will not just be increased - it
could even double to such an amount that you will find difficult to pay, putting your finances in jeopardy.

You will have even more problems in your hand if you resort to the 'get credit card A to pay off credit card B' scheme. You can be in even more trouble if you do this.

One of the easiest and most basic solutions, is to consolidate your debt. Instead of paying off two high interests, you can combine or consolidate two debts and pay a lower interest for the same amount of debt.

2. Look at all of your financial options.

Applying for a personal loan is one way to consolidate your bad credit card debt. When getting yourself a personal loan, carefully study the terms and interest rates of the loan. It would also not hurt to prepare a financial draft so that you can foresee how long you will be allotting monthly payments for the loan.

Another option where you can get a low interest rate is a secure home equity loan. These two options lets you breathe easily because you would only have to come up with one installment fee each month, giving you more room to get out of your credit card debt.

3. Seek professional advice if you need to.

There are credit counseling offices from where you can get professional advice should you find yourself deep in credit card debt. They will help you make a budget for you to follow, give you financial advice, and contact the establishments you are in debt with to somehow reduce the interests on your loans and help you become more stabilized financially.

4. Do not fall for the deathly 'debt trap'.

A person who falls for a debt trap tries to repay one loan by getting another loan, then another until he or she runs out of financial options.

Once you have developed a sound financial plan, make sure to control your spending and stick to a budget so that you can slowly - but surely - crawl your way out of a bad credit card debt.
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