Holiday season tends to add a lot of debt on the credit card for most people. Now that things will be beginning to settle down after all your new purchases, it is time to think about how you would be paying those debts off. Credit card debts are not cheap, and it is very important to pay them off as soon as possible. Here is some advice on how you can reduce your credit card burden.
Take Stock of Your Situation
Most people use multiple credit cards with different interest rates. This makes your exact debt situation difficult to understand. So take a pen, paper, and a calculator, and sit down with your latest statements. See how much you owe on each credit card and how much monthly interest you are paying on it.
People often ignore this exercise because they are scared to face their financial situation. But unless you have clarity on what you owe and how much you are being charged for it, you will not be able to make a solid plan to cut down your debt.
Set a Target
The next thing to do is to set a realistic target of by when you can get rid of your debt. Consider your income and the necessary expenses that you have to make. This would tell you how much money you would be left with every month to pay for your credit card debt. Then consider your debt level and monthly interest. Do the math and set a target by when you can eliminate your debt.
It is extremely important that this target is realistic. If you become over-ambitious, you would soon realize that you are not going to achieve the target and will become disheartened.
Consolidate Your Debts
To get rid of your credit card debt, you not only need determination, you also need to act smart. Transfer your debt to the card with a lower interest rate. Alternatively, you can make one large payment to the higher rate card so that you can reduce your interest expense.
Make a Payment Schedule
Finally, make a payment schedule for different cards. Depending on the interest rates and the amount of debt, you can prioritize payments on some cards and delay payments on others. If your planning is realistic and you are disciplined enough to see it through, it wouldn’t be long before you get rid of your credit card debt.