Thursday, August 11, 2016

Consolidating Your Debt Option

More and more of us are taking getting credit cards these days, and many of us find it very difficult to even make the regular minimum payment, much less pay off the entire balance every month.  Some people think about taking out a debt consolidation loan to pay off all their cards and only have one lower monthly payment.  However there are some other options that you should consider.

One of the options to consider is to take the balance of all your cards and transfer it onto one card.  The best thing to do would be to see which of your credit card accounts offers the lowest interest rate and transfer all the balances onto this account, thereby lowering your overall interest rate.  However, if you are thinking about going this route you should also consider closing all but one of your credit card accounts.  It is very easy to charge up your credit cards again right up to the maximum balance, which is the exact opposite thing that you should be doing!

Another option is to open another credit card account with an introductory 0% interest rate on all balance transfers, and transfer all your balances onto that one.  This way for a period of time you will not be paying any interest at all, and if you are disciplined you can make extra payments and it will all go towards paying off the balance and none to interest.  However, when this introductory period is over it is important to know what the interest rate will be and to take action again if it is fairly high.  You will want to keep your credit card account with the lowest interest rate open so that you can transfer the remaining balance onto that card, thereby paying as little interest as possible.

Probably the last option that you should consider would be to borrow the money to pay off your credit cards from a family member or a friend.  In order for this to work you would need to draw up a formal contract with the repayment plan and interest rate clearly stated.  However, this is really the last option that you should exercise because there is a lot of room in this type of situation for bad feelings to occur and for relationships to become strained.

Whichever option you decide to go with, the important thing is that you do something about your credit card debt now.  Don’t wait until you are really in over your head before taking action.