A current survey on New Year’s resolution revealed that the top items on the people’s list include financial and health resolutions. If you are one of the millions of people who are committed to be more financially responsible this year, are you also getting ready to get rid of all those debts? A similar survey from Credit.com suggests that more than 50% of those people who are determined to have some financial resolutions put more importance on paying off their credit card debts at the soonest possible time.
Credit cards are undoubtedly efficient and convenient partners when it comes to our major expenses. However, credit card related debts have been identified as one of the main reasons why a person could get a low credit rating. Credit card spending can get out of hand quickly, and yet most, if not all of the credit card companies offer more lenient payment terms. As a result, interests easily compound until it reaches an amount that a debtor can hardly afford. Paying for credit card debts could eventually mean spending for things you never had, due to the bloated interest on your original debt. With this, it only makes perfect sense why majority of the Americans want to put their credit card debts on their priority list for this year.
Like any financial decision, paying debts in bulk will not come easy. Some people may even need financial counseling in order to take that leap. But, if you are truly determined to scrap a huge bulk of your credit card debts this year, here are some practical things that you can do.
1. Re-align your budget
Coming fresh from the holidays with some bucks to spare, it’s relatively easy to think of paying all the debts. This is always easier said than done. While it is completely right to stay off-debt for the new year, it is also crucial to make sure that you have sufficient budget to get you through the year. Paying off credit card debts faster than usual will certainly compromise your usual budget, thus the need for re-alignment. Determine which expenses you are willing to compromise, or if possible eliminate. Remember to include in your budgeting the other outstanding debts that are not necessarily urgent.
2. Negotiate with your credit card company
You do not have to bear the burdens of debts on you own. By negotiating with the credit card company, you may still be able to reduce payments for other fees, especially the extremely bloated interest rates. Most of these companies have generous offers for clients who commit to paying more than their monthly payment fees.
3. Have a fixed timeline
Be clear with how long you really want to accomplish your goals of being free from credit card debts. Realistically, you can give yourself three to six months to accomplish this. With a good negotiation, you can pay everything in a span of six months without worrying about the interest rates.
As they always say, a credit card is both the friend and enemy of your finances. With responsible handling, it can definitely be a friend. But, when things start to go out of hand, it’s important to start committing to a reform right away.