How to minimize credit card debt
Credit card debt occurs when the balance on your credit card is not paid off in a timely manner and a high balance and high interest rate ensue. The best way to minimize credit card debt is to set a budgeting plan in motion and stick with it.
There are many credit counseling and non-profit financial agencies willing to assist consumers with budgeting. Many people have misconceptions about budgeting and feel that it means not getting anything they want and living on a restricted income. This is not the purpose of budgeting and having a misunderstanding about it can lead to underuse of this most valuable tool. A good budgeting plan won’t rob you of the things you enjoy but will instead allow you to enjoy them without the stress of owing thousands of dollars.
When starting out on your budget, the first course of action is to write out all your expenditures in one column and all your income in another. If your spending is vastly disproportionate from your earnings, then you know you will need to make a few adjustments in your spending habits. You need to identify your fixed spending needs such as your auto loan and your home mortgage. These are the expenditures which likely do not fluctuate from month to month. Then you will need to identify smaller purchases that you can cut back on. The main goal of budgeting is to prioritize your spending to divert your money leaks towards paying down your credit card debt.
Once you have come up with a budgeting plan that works well for you, you will be able to use the extra money to pay towards your credit card debt. Another method of decreasing your debt is to contact your creditors directly. Many people aren’t aware that their creditors will be willing to decrease their interest rate especially for a long time customer. A lower interest rate means lower payments that are easier to pay on time. Contacting your creditors is as simple as speaking with their customer service department and requesting a lower interest rate, you may be surprised at the results.
Credit card debt can be stressful and overwhelming especially if you are being contacted non-s top by creditors. You should familiarize yourself with your rights so you know what is and is not acceptable from debt collectors. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is federally enforced law that dictates how and when a debt collector can contact you. It states that they can only call you between the hours of 8a.m. and 9p.m. In addition they are not allowed to contact you in the workplace if your employer does not allow such correspondences. Your debt collectors can never lie, or harass you in an attempt to collect a debt from you.
Understanding how to make budgeting work for you and contacting your creditors to arrange for more favorable repayment rates will go a long way towards helping you manage credit card debt. Taking proactive steps will help you on the road to recovery from overwhelming credit card debt to increased financial stability.