3 quick tips to manage your credit card debt

Duran Mueller
Apr 3, 2007
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Finding it difficult to cope with your credit card debt? Harassed by your credit card company? Look no further the 3 quick tips listed below will help you get over your credit card debt with ease.

Yes, we all know that having a credit card debt or any kind of debt can be very taxing on the mental state of a person. The stress and anxiety it causes could spell disaster for health. Indeed, it is very easy to get into credit card debt. The temptations are numerous and so a large part of credit card users find themselves in this quagmire. Though getting out of credit card debt without burning a hole in your pocket or getting adverse remarks on your credit report is not that easy but with a sincere effort and financial discipline it is not difficult either. Lets start with the tips.

1. Budget, budget , budget

Since ages we know the benefits of making a budget and sticking to it. But honestly, how many of us do it? Its time we start doing it. It is difficult to keep tabs on every single penny but this is habit worth acquiring. Once you keep a track of every single dollar you spend you have a data which can help you save a lot. If it sounds too time consuming to you to follow for life, do it for now... to get rid of that credit card debt. Remember you already are witnessing a serious drawback of not keeping the budget -- your credit card debt. Jot down everything you spend on, and then decide what is necessary and what is adding to your woes. Find those little temptations that end up inflating your credit card bill. Choose only the essentials, discipline yourself and kick that debt.

2. Face your creditors, don't shy away

Shying away or ignoring your creditors won't help at all. The things will only turn for worse. The interests and late charges will add up and can drive you towards bankruptcy. Face them, contact them answer their calls politely. It is a problem and you want to get out of it - tell this to them. Most creditors are more than willing to help a person who is positive towards paying the credit card debt. Remember they want you as their customer. They would prefer to sort it out amicably with you to prevent the relations from going sour. Deploying a debt collection agency or taking you to the courts are the last recourse they have. Don't let them go that way. Contact them explain your problem and chalk out a repayment routine and follow it like a religion.

3. Finding it difficult to tackle the debt? Contact a counselor

The right counselor can mean a lot to an ailing debtor. The professional advice can come as a whiff of fresh air that can blow away your financial woes. Don't go for the cheapest straight away. There are lots and lots of counseling agencies out there who offer no value, take a toll on your time, money and confuse you even more. You will have to find a good agency which doesn't burn a hole in your pocket. Shopping around a little or asking from a friend who has undergone similar problems could help you find one. The counseling sessions will tell you how to tackle your existing debt efficiently, help regain control over your finances and prevent damage to your credit history. Again, its you who will have to follow and implement the advice.

Follow these three tips to get out of your credit card debt and enjoy a good debt free life.