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The Truth About Monthly Payments

Aug 17, 2007
When working out what you can afford to pay for your monthly payments it is a good idea to sit down and make a list of all of your outgoings and then prioritise that list. Making sure that the most urgent items to be paid are at the top of the list. Work out if you have any spare money at the end and then you will be able to see how much you could afford to pay on any new monthly payments. Don't forget to take into account the cost of living and household bills.

Banks are shortly going to be increasing the minimum amount for monthly payments on credit cards. This could be seen as either good or bad news for the borrower. Bad news in that the monthly payments will be higher but good news in that the overall time of the loan will be less.

The idea behind reducing the minimum amount for monthly payments is to help those in debt to pay it off faster than they would have by paying a smaller amount each month. Also credit card companies are going to be required to have a public service warning on all of the bills clearly stating that by paying off a debt faster you will have lower interest payments.

If you have a sum on a credit card and the interest rate is reduces, then a large proportion of your monthly payments will be put to the principle balance. This would therefore make it possible for you to reduce the debts as a much faster rate than if the interest rate would have stayed the same.

Up until now the minimum payments for credit cards has been between 2% and 3% of the entire balance on the card. This would leave 97-98% of the debt that does not have to be paid immediately. The debt accrues interest over and over and times goes on so it can take years and years to pay of a credit card in full.

It has been estimated that over 40% of Americans have constant balance on at least one credit card at any one time. This number is huge and is mainly caused by so many people making the minimum monthly payments and no more. This is because as it stands you are only required to make a small minimum monthly payment on credit cards. This would mean that you could still be paying for a purchase you made in 1996 in 2007.

Many people who build up a large and unnecessary amount of debt sometimes take what they see as the easy road and file for bankruptcy. This is to try and avoid obligations to pay the debts that they have built up and can no longer afford to pay the monthly payments. Filing for bankruptcy takes an enormous amount of effort and also persistence. What you must remember is that debts build up over years and it is not realistic to expect to clear the debt instantly. There are also many other option available for reducing monthly payments and debts.
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Shelley Green is the owner of http://www.loans-click.com, a site that specializes in Loans including tips and advice on different loans and also other recommended sites for loans.
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