Credit Card Debt - You Dont Want This

By: Tinatwiller
Credit card debt and credit card usage has become habitual for many people in the west. Even though credit cards have the highest interest rates of all the debts we carry, many of us use them on a regular basis. Because of their convenience and deferred payments, today they are used much more than cash.

Once you have accumulated credit card debt, it's not impossible to eliminate, but it could be difficult. Two of your choices are to hire a debt paying service or do-it-yourself. There are pros and cons to both. Debt charges usually charge a fee. Doing it yourself requires patience, discipline and planning.

It is not difficult to eliminate credit card debt but it does require a change of habits, especially spending habits, you may have taken years to build. Eliminating debt is step one and keeping it paid down is a big step two, which should last the rest of your life. The key is to create a doable plan and stick to until your credit card debt is completely paid off.

You have followed the plan you made or hired a debt-repayment-service, and after some time all your credit card debt is gone. Whatever you did to eliminate the debt continue with the same habits to keep it that debt monkey off your back. Whatever you do, do not fall back into the same habits you had before debt repayment.

Do whatever it takes to keep the debt off! Be persistent, and relentless. An accountability partner could help you keep that debt off. Manage yourself internally and externally to keep the lid on accumulating that debt again. Whatever you do, don't fool yourself into thinking that it is okay to build that debt back up again.

It has been shown that habits take at least 30 day to change. It should take more than 30 days of different spending and payoff habits to eliminate your credit card debt. The key is to keep these habits up once your debt has been eliminated. Below are simple rules you can utilize to keep your credit card debt down. There are many more but these few can be implemented without too much stress:

1)Do not overspend. Yielding to the sale offers for something that you don't really need, is a big mistake that leads to overspending.

2)Only charge when you have absolutely no other alternative.

3)Pay off all your cards by the grace periods.

4)If you do need credit cards, cut up and close all your accounts except two (2). For example I have an American Express (for places that don't take Visa or Master Card) and one Visa, which as a bonus pays for airplane tickets.

These are just very basic rules for eliminating credit card debt; you can add more based on your own experience and knowledge.
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