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Eliminating Your Credit Card Debt

Jul 23, 2008
Getting rid of your credit card debt can be done, but it requires some planning and patience from you. Once you figure out a plan of action, the most important thing to remember is to follow through with it.

You will find that the reward is going to be well worth it. Besides, doesn't saving money sound like a good benefit?

The choice is yours, but it's usually best to start with the card that carries the highest interest rate. For some, they decide to just pay off the card with the smallest balance first.

The most important thing to remember is that you need to figure out how you will exactly eliminate your debt before you start. Then remember, stick to the plan.
First things first, you are going to have to create a budget. This will help you to evaluate your monthly income and your expenses.

By really focusing on your spending you can look at your habits. There will be expenses you don't really think about (fancy coffees, dinners out, hand car washes, etc.) that really can add up. It's time to get strict about where your money is going, because right now it needs to go towards paying off your debt.

Now is the time to stop using your credit cards. There is no possible way you can eliminate your credit card debt if you are still in the process of making transactions. The outstanding balance will not go anywhere if you are still adding to it.

You have probably heard it before, but it is time to practice this. It's very important that you pay your credit card bills on time and really try to pay more than the minimum required. At least towards the accounts that you are trying to knock out first, go over the minimum due.

Companies count on you only paying the minimum due monthly and they love that, because that is how they are making their money off of you. Stop giving them what they want and start helping yourself to get out of debt.

If you are focusing on paying off the accounts one by one, then don't forget to pay at least the minimum on your other bills. Go down your list and keep up the momentum. As you pay off one, focus on the next and don't stop until you are out of debt. This might seem like a long list of things to accomplish but you can do it.

Have you thought about contacting your creditors? Sometimes they will be willing to work with you and give you a lower interest rate. There will be some companies who will tell you no, but you never know if you are dealing with one that might say yes!

If you don't feel comfortable dealing with the creditors on your own, there are debt consolidation and debt settlement companies that can negotiate on your behalf. The quotes are free to you online and it might be beneficial to you, to have a company try and get the interest rates lowered.

Finally, one last tip to consider is that if you are planning on closing your accounts; do not close them until you have paid them in full. There are some credit card companies that will give you a higher interest rate if you close an account that is not paid off. That is the last thing you want to do, pay higher interest!

Just remember to devise that plan, the one that is going to get you out of debt. Keep dreaming about financial freedom and how wonderful it will feel once you are there. The quicker you get started the quicker you will make those dreams a reality.
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