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Live Within Your Budget
You need to create a budget and keep track of how you are spending your money. Living on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean giving up all your recreational activities. But a budget will help you keep your expenses under control to avoid overspending. A budget assists you in eliminating those unnecessary items that can get you in trouble. It is important that you come up with a budget that outlines your income and expenses. Having a budget will show you the maximum amount you can spend to keep you from accumulating new debt.
Analyze Your Costs In The Long Term
Before making a large purchase, figure out how much it is going to cost you in the long run. If you charge the item, it will show on your credit card statement for a long time. Don’t use your credit card to purchase items that you cannot afford. If there is something expensive you want to buy, save money for it instead of charging it.
Learn The True Costs
Take the time to understand how interest rates and payments work with a particular credit card. Before you purchase an item with a credit card, do the math and see how much it will actually cost you over the long run.
Pay Off Credit Cards
Avoid credit card debts by paying your balances in full each month. That way, you’ll keep your debts at the minimum and avoid paying interest on these accounts. Use your credit card if you really have to but be sure to have a debt elimination plan that will enable you to pay off the debt within a few months.
Use Automated Payments
Your busy lifestyle can make you miss or forget a payment. Late payments will make your debt accumulate because of the penalties you’ll be charged and because your interest rate may be increased. Avoid these penalties by using automated payments. You may be able to do this through your bank. Barring this, you should be able to link your bank account to your credit card accounts and create dates for the automatic drafts.
Negotiate Interest Rates
Negotiate the lowest interest rate possible so you will be able to pay the least amount of interest each month. If you have a lower interest rate, the balance on your principal amount will reduce significantly and you will be able to clear your debts faster. Creditors charge interest to make money on each account. But if you’re having financial problems and ask, your creditors might be willing to reduce your rates substantially.
Consolidate Your Cards
Having many credit cards makes it hard to keep track of the debt on each card, especially if your statements arrive at different times. If you transfer the debt on all your credit cards to a new one that has a lower interest rate, you’ll have a better idea of how much you owe. And with just a single payment, you will be able to see the progress you’ve making in getting that debt paid off.