Be Smart and Repay Your Credit Cards Quickly

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Be Smart and Repay Your Credit Cards Quickly

There are few things in life that can cause as much long term strain and pressure as financial worries. Especially if you have children or a family to support, you will be very aware that failing to keep on top of finances is not an option. Therefore, there are certain steps that you may wish to take to make this job that little bit easier and have fewer things on your mind to stress or worry about. One of these pieces of advice will usually be the repaying of your credit cards.

Credit cards are extremely useful and convenient finance facilities, but as we all know, they can charge very high interest rates and in this sense are a very expensive tool to be using, particularly if you are not paying back your full outstanding balance each month. Therefore, it is advisable that if at all possible, you try to repay your credit cards and keep a zero balance on them. This is however easier said than done. For most people, earning the money to repay the card is not really the problem, it is more that they simply keep using the card and spending the money, even though they have realised that they can no longer afford to be maintaining the outstanding balance.

If you do want to clear your credit cards, one of the first things you should do is set up a direct debit or standing order to pay off a certain amount each month. This way you will always pay your bill on time and will not be subject to administrative penalties or fees for late payment. The amount you set for repayment level should be significantly higher than the minimum required repayment. This is because keeping the payment at the minimum will not pay off the credit card balance very quickly at all. In fact, it may just a servicing level that will pay the interest but make no progress at all towards the outstanding balance.

Once you have set a monthly repayment amount and are satisfied that it is high enough to repay the credit card balance in a reasonable time frame, what you should next need to do is stay strong and discipline your spending. This means refraining from using the card, and perhaps waiting until next month when you have cash to buy something you need or want. It is this discipline that will be the difference between clearing the debt and carrying it into the future. If you find it too difficult, consider leaving the card in a safe place at home or even cutting it.

Remember do not just keep to a minimum payment, this is a sure fire way to get further into debt. By paying an extra Ј10 each month your total credit card interest will drop substantially. Credit Card Companies set their minimum payment requirements too low, many at just 2%, and too many consumers fall into the trap of thinking minimum payments are adequate.

By taking heed of our advice you will soon find yourself clear of credit card debt.