Sometimes things come up that are out of our control and we need to use a credit card for the purchase because we don’t have the cash on hand. Other times, we just have to have the latest toy or gadget and use a credit card to buy it. But when the bill comes due, it can be unpleasant.
If things get too out of hand, we can be left with a large credit card debt and no easy way to pay it down. We end up paying a ton of interest, sometimes for years after the purchase was made. Fortunately there are places to turn to if you have a credit card debt problem.
The first step to take is to try and get a lower interest rate on your card. This can be done in either of two ways. The first – and probaby simplest – way is to call your credit card provider’s customer service number and ask for a lower rate.
They’ll tell you within seconds if you qualify for a better rate or not, and you’ll be surprised at how often you will get it simply by asking.
The second way you can get a better rate is by applying for a new card that has a better interest rate than your current one. You can then transfer the balance from the higher rate card onto the lower rate one and save the difference in interest.
Credit Counseling is another option for managing your credit card debt. There are many credit counseling services that can help you work with your current creditors to get a better rate and more reasonable repayment schedule. These services deal with the credit card companies on a regular basis, so they can often succeed where you might not if you call them yourself.
In many cases, credit counseling is a free service – you don’t have to pay anything, or if you do it’s a minimal charge. You’ll need to have all your credit card information ready for them, as well as a list of all your creditors and balances with each.
They can take that information and work out the most effective payment schedule for your particular situation. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by credit card debt, don’t keep struggling to stay on top of it. Talk to a credit counseling service and start to get ahead again.