Here is a wonderfully pain-free and easy to implement debt management plan that anybody can utilize to eliminate credit card debt and start to put some money away.
If your bills have been increasing and your monthly obligations are getting out of hand, you're not alone. Debt is mushrooming at a surprising velocity, and a growing portion of people find their balances growing larger and larger. However, the good news is you actually are able to cut back on your debt and even resume stocking away some savings by following some exceedingly simple strategies.
Credit card debt can rapidly escalate. The key to accomplishing debt relief is to end this spiral and begin to pay off your debt. The following are three methods to do exactly that.
1. Ask to Have Your Credit Card Interest Rate Lowered
If your credit card interest rate is far too high, communicate with your credit card bank and request for them to lower it. Odds are, you could find a lesser rate at another bank, and your creditor knows this. So call their bluff. Let them know you are able to get or have been offered a lower rate, and request for them to match that rate. If they won't, all you have lost is a phone call. But if your request is fair (don't ask them to lower your rate to %5), there is a wonderful likelihood they will reduce your rate.
2. Don't ever Pay a Credit Card Past-due Charge
Late fees have been going up very quickly recently, and grace periods have been becoming shorter and shorter. Make sure you always pay at least your bare minimum payment by the deadline. If you are absolutely not prepared to pay even that amount, then call your credit card bank and advise them. You might be able to buy yourself a bit of time. If you are late with even one payment by only one day, there is a very good likelihood the company will raise your interest rate, often by 50% or more. Over time, this can can multiply to charges far more significant than the 30 or 40 dollar late fine. If you do skip a payment, then don't forget to contact your credit card company as soon as possible afterward. Quite a few creditors will void the charge if you ask them to, especially if you have a worthy excuse (like you were ill or out of town). But no matter what you do, convince them to get rid of the late penalty, for this will likely spare you from having your interest rate raised and maybe save you a lot of cash or more.
3. Obtain a New Credit Card
If your credit card bank refuses to reduce your rate, just look for a lower rate credit card and switch your balance. There are many credit card banks around glad to balance transfers. What's more, even if you have made some tardy payments, thus causing your rates to go up, the chances are your credit evaluated hasn't been changed. Banks typically tell credit bureaus when checks are substantially delinquent (by like 30-60 days). If your credit rating stays unaffected, there should be nothing at all stopping you from finding a card with a lower rate and saving a lot of cash by doing so. If you utilize one or all of these methods, make sure you utilize any money you save to reduce the balance on your cards. Eliminate as much of your balance as you are able to, and in very little time, you will be free from the hardship of credit card debt.