Tips on avoiding Credit Card Debt
It's too easy to get out the card and let payments rise
by David Riewe
Credit cards that are used in moderation could be helpful in managing your finances. This means that splurging through the use of credit cards is almost financial suicide.
Here are few tips to manage the way you use your credit card to prevent you from acquiring debts that could lead to your financial death (excuse the pun).
1) Planning. Before purchasing any product using your credit card, make sure to provide yourself with a plan on how you will be able to pay for your credit card bills. Prioritize your needs before your wants. Purchasing grand items that you don't really need might give you that temporary high that impulsive buyers are addicted to. But that temporary high would eventually turn to long-term down feeling due to your piled up debts.
2) Limit. For you to be able to manage your debts and payments, never go overboard when it comes to your credit limit. If it's possible, it will help a lot if you just use about two-thirds of your limit.
3) Statement of account. Keep a record of all your credit card transactions for future reference. In order to prevent inaccuracies of bills and fraud, always remember to check the list of your purchase for the month. If your list and the statement of account do not match, report this to your bank.
4) Piled up debt remedies. There are a number of steps you have to do in order to escape these financial problems.
* Determine the amount you need to pay and provide yourself with a plan that would fix your finances without pressure.
* Consider paying the minimum amount to be paid. Then, ask for debt consolidation options that would make it a lot easier for you to pay your debts. If you don’t know how to solve your financial problems, there are financial advisers that could help you with your credit card management. They might offer you financial assistance through bank loans that would allow you more time to pay aside from the debt consolidation method. But of course, remember to research on the agency before getting involved with them. Don't just go saying amen to whatever they offer since there is a possibility that they could cause the situation to aggravate.
5) Self-control is the best way to prevent getting debts that you won't be able to pay immediately. But if you're already in the pits, considering the abovementioned suggestions won't hurt.
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