Use Different Banks
Did you ever think of using different banks and credit cards to your advantage?
Lets take a look at an option available to us that most people may not recognize as an opportunity. At any given time during the year we can find credit cards which are carrying or offering lower interest rates than our own. In the years when interest rates are low in general, we can find rates as low as 0% to 6% for 6 months. These specials are usually introductory offers, and balance transfer offers.
Banks do this to encourage new clients to switch over to them, taking business away from other banks. Simply put, these are opportune moments we should always take advantage of, no question.
A lower interest rate, or zero percent rate compared to what we are paying, the difference is equal to our savings. That extra $25, $50, $75, $100, or $125 that we were paying in interest will now go toward your principal balance, shorting the life of the loan.
How about that? In just six months, you can knock off a substantial amount off your total debt depending on your case.
A word of caution for anyone using this option. At the end of the introductory period, these banks will change these rates back to their regular rates.
It's important to shop around for another card offering a lower rate, and to start all over again before that period ends. The key is to be diligent about paying off the balances on your existing debts until they are gone. In the future, avoid getting into the same situation by limiting credit card spending and always consult with a debt consolidation specialist before making decisions concerning your debt problems.