If you have credit card debt it is important to take its measure from time-to-time to determine whether or not you have a problem with your debt. If you are carrying a balance on more than one card (or simply a sizable balance on one card) then you could have a problem.
There are five reasons why you should seek credit help to deal with your credit card debt.
The biggest reason is that credit card debt can affect your credit score which in turn impacts your ability to borrow money for everything from your car to your home. High credit card debt can lower your credit score and raise your interest rates. A problem with late credit card payments or high amounts of debt can make you appear to be a poor risk for credit to many finance companies.
However, almost as important is the way that credit card debt makes you feel. While money cannot buy happiness, credit card debt certainly buys unhappiness. The knowledge that you have a large debt can destroy your self esteem and add a lot of stress to your life. If you dread the arrival of the credit card bill in the mail then you have a problem with debt that you need to address. Owing money can also add a lot of pressure and stress on a marriage.
Another important reason to resolve your credit card debt is that by avoiding the problem or simply paying minimum amounts you will never be free. Most minimum payments do not do much more than pay for the interest. While many people make paying their credit cards a low priority it should actually be a top priority. Yes, your mortgage payment is important because you do not want to lose your home but that is good debt as it helps your credit rating and your taxes. Credit card debt does nothing for you at all.
Owing money on your credit cards is also a self perpetuating problem. Every time you charge instead of paying with cash and every time you do not pay off the full balance when it comes due you are perpetuating your problem with debt. You need to learn better money habits or you will never solve your problem with credit card debt.
Finally, an important reason to start paying with cash, check or debit card is that by paying-as-you-go for your lifestyle you will be modeling responsible behavior for the next generation.
Take these five reasons to heart and take stock of your own financial situation to determine whether or not you have a credit card debt problem.