2 Ways to Decrease Credit Card Debt

Being in massive credit card debt can be a storm cloud that hangs above your head. Although debt is never an enjoyable situation, it is still important to use your card in order to build up your credit score. By having a good score, you will have a better chance to qualify for a mortgage or get a loan for a car. Reducing your credit card balance is also a good way for you to fix credit. By following a few of these financial tips, you will be able to get your balance down in no time:

Paying a high interest card
If you have multiple credit cards, you will have to prioritize which balance you will tackle first. You can get balances down by continually making your credit card payments each month, but you may want to put a little extra money towards the card with the higher interest. A card with a high interest rate, especially if you have a high balance, can result in you getting an expensive charge each month. This can be counterproductive if you are trying to whittle your balance down.

Along with paying a little extra on a high interest card, you may want to see if you can do a balance transfer to a card with a lower rate. Before you choose this option, discuss with your credit issuer if they provide it. Many times a bank or creditor will charge a fee for this service, so it pays to do a little research beforehand.

Creating a budget
Sometimes having a little self control can be the best way for you to tackle your credit card debt. To help monitor your credit card and avoid overspending, you should try to make a monthly budget. By using this tool, you will be able to see your spending habits and pinpoint the areas you can decrease your spending.

It is still important to use a card to build credit, so look at your budget and find¬†a small area that you can use your credit card for. This may be your daily morning coffee or your weekly gas station fill up. These expenditures will be small enough to help you continue to build up credit and reduce your balance. Although you will only be using your credit card for a certain section of your budget, you don’t want to go overboard by ordering $100 worth of coffee each day. As long as you stick to a budget and continually pay off your card, the balance will go down quickly.

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