On rhe need to control credit card spending and debt and ways to get it done.
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For some people having a credit card or multiple credit cards can be a bad thing. If a situation arises in their life that causes them to need immediate money over and extended period, credit card balances can soar out of control. Things like a medical emergency or loss of the primary job can bring about catastrophic debt in a very short time. Manageable debt can become a burden too large to overcome before it is realized. Keeping credit card balances paid down is essential to the financial health of individuals and families. This can be very difficult if the balances are already too large.
Stop charging as soon as you can reduce your living expense enough to allow it.
The problem that many people face is that living expenses cannot be instantly reduced. House payments, utility bills, car payments, and other obligations are not always able to be stopped without further damage to your credit. People are not able to stop eating although sometimes reductions can be made to reduce these types of costs. Make a concerted effort to reduce your cost of living as much as possible so that you can stop stop using your credit cards as extra income. You cannot expect to pay down your balances if you continue to add to them.
Make the effort to get your interest reduced or even negotiate settlements.
If you are unfortunate enough to be drowning in debt, your credit rating is sinking. This can make it difficult to negotiate a lower interest rate on your cards. However, if you are upfront with your creditors and explain that their choice may be either to lower your rate or risk having to write off your entire debt after you clear bankruptcy, they may be willing to deal with you a little more favorably. If you can live without one or more of your cards, you may want to try to negotiate a settlement for less than you owe and better repayment terms. This will impact your credit score in the short run, but eliminating significant debt will help it in the long run.
Avoid adding more accounts or increasing credit limits.
Published in: Personal Finance