You’ve been trying to get your finances in order, and you know that you have more credit cards than you need right now. So, coming up with a credit card debt reduction plan could be just what you need to put money back in your pocket and organize your budget. Here are some tips that will help you and your family to get back on track financially.
When it comes to credit card debt reduction, many people decide to go with a debt consolidation firm. However, many financial analysts are now concluding that fixing your credit yourself may be the best way to go. A consolidation company will take all of the debt you have, and arrange for you to make one monthly payment to the company, while the organization negotiates your debt. However, some of your creditors may not agree to the terms of the consolidation company, and some of the corporations that claim to get you out of debt actually take your money to pay for their service fees, so you are still stuck with debt at the end of your contract term. Some ‘consolidation companies’ have even been known to vanish with your money, so handling your credit card debt reduction by making more positive financial choices is ideal.
You’ve been trying to get your finances in order, and you know that you have more credit cards than you need right now.
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One of the first steps that you’ll want to take towards credit card debt reduction is to create a budget for yourself. Write down your income, and calculate all your expenditures for the month. If you are not quite sure what you spend money on during the month, you should keep a journal with you whenever you go out or pay a bill, so that you can track your spending carefully for the month. This will give you definite numbers, so that you’ll know just how much you are spending on leisure activities. You’ll also be able to figure out whether or not you can reduce some of your monthly bills; so if you’re using electricity in your home when you really don’t have to, or are using your cell phone every day before your minutes are free, cutting back on these things will leave you with more money in your pocket.
Being aware of the items on your credit report is another important step towards credit card debt reduction. You are permitted to get one free credit report from all three of the credit bureaus (TransUnion, Experian, Equifax) each year, and this will help you to keep up with all the accounts that are on your credit report, and will let you know whether or not your accounts are in jeopardy of being overdue.
You should also get in touch with your creditors if you have a debt that you are not able to pay off completely right away. This will let your creditor know that you are willing to fulfill your financial obligations, but don’t have all the money you need. Many companies will be willing to work with you, and you’ll be on your way to credit card debt reduction sooner than you think.
Michael Jones has worked with clients to help them with financial couselling. He specializes in advising individuals how to properly manage their credit.