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How To Refinance Your Credit Card Dues

Aug 18, 2007
Plastic money has changed the way we make transactions today. From the department store to the gas station we can make all our payments through our credit cards. Only a few years back there were just a handful of businesses that accepted payments through credit cards. Today everyone seems to be willing. And there are reasons behind such a credit boom. Businesses have realized that people tend to make more purchases on credit than they do when they pay by cash. And this would be because when they are paying in cash they actually feel what they are spending. Paying through credit card is just about signing on a piece of paper and one often loses the sense of how much his credit has added up to.

Interests that you pay on purchases made through credit cards is quite steep and they can be as high as 18%. In certain cases it can be even more. With such high interest rates you can get into the cycle of paying high interests and late payment fees. And if this continues for long you will soon land in a debt trap. So it becomes imperative that you refinance your debt at a lower rate.

So how do you refinance your credit card debts? There are several ways in which you can do that. You can take a personal loan and pay off your credit card debt with that money. Since personal loan has a much lower rate of interest it will be easier for you to pay off that loan. And not only do you save on interest rates. There are quite a few fees that you need to pay regularly for your credit card. You get rid of that need also. The interest rates on personal loans do vary and the variation largely depends on the individual's personal credit history. But no matter what the variation is, it is still much lower than what you will have to pay for a credit card.

Another way you can refinance your credit card dues is to take a home equity loan. Again the interest rates are much lower compared to the rates of a credit card. In fact with this type of loan, rates are lesser than even personal loan interest rates. At such low rates you can make a lot of savings by refinancing the credit card dues.

Secured credit cards are another very popular breed of credit cards. Secured credit cards, as their name suggests, are secured. Well, they are secured for the credit card supplier, really. Secured credit cards require you to open an account with the credit card supplier and maintain some cash balance in that account. This cash balance acts as a security for the supplier of secured credit card. Your credit limit is dependent on the amount you hold in the account that you have started with the supplier of secured credit card. This is generally between 50 to 100% of your account balance. So in that sense, secured credit cards are not really credit cards (since they don't offer you any credit really). For this reason, the secured credit cards are sometimes also referred as debit cards.
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