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How to avoid credit card debt

There are certain things in life that you will wish to avoid if you want to have a secure financial present and future for yourself and your family. Credit card debt is certainly one of those things that you should be avoiding. People do not always realise or think about it but keeping an outstanding credit card balance is one of the most expensive financial arrangements you could possibly subscribe to. If you have even an average interest rate, and not too much of an outstanding balance, you could be wasting literally hundreds of pounds a year by not paying off your outstanding balance in full each month.

There are also other problems with keeping a high amount of credit card debt. You will be making your credit rating worse for one thing. And this is something that you should be concerned about. Credit providers, banks, insurance companies and even employers will use your credit rating as a means of assessing your financial standing. If you have a very high outstanding credit card debt, or are close to your credit card debt limit, this will be regarded as a negative in the assessment of your credit score and for this very purpose, it is something that you should be attempting to avoid.

A lowered credit rating will cause you to receive worse terms and offers for future credit. For example you may get:

  • Higher interest rates
  • Less favourable terms
  • Lower credit limits
  • Refusal of credit

If you wish to avoid one or more of the above out comes, you should be trying to keep your credit card debt under control. One way to do this is to simply stop using them. Discipline yourself, or if this is too difficult, take the credit cards that you are using, out of your wallet or purse, so that you cannot give in to the temptation of using them. This way, the amounts you pay back will start to reduce your outstanding balance and you will get things back under control.

Another thing you should be making sure that you are doing is repaying more than the minimum repayment on your monthly bill. Many cards allow you to repay just the interest, and if you are doing this, it means that you are repaying none of the actual outstanding balance each month so even if you stop using the credit card, you will not be paying them off. You are simply servicing the debt. You should make sure that you are paying back the credit card balance over a reasonable period.

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