Increased Credit Card Payments - Helping You Keep Up

By: Joseph Kenny

In the past, credit card payments have always been fair, a small percentage of the total balance owed. A new change has recently been proposed by the government that may change this. The monthly credit card payments that people are making may double within the next year. This will make things much harder for people who are already having a hard time making their existing payments.

How Much You Will Now Need To Pay

The credit card companies have made large profits by allowing people to make small payments on their credit card balances. The interest rate on credit cards has gone as high as 20%. At this rate, it can take a person years to pay off debts that are just a few thousand dollars. It does little good to make only the minimum payments on your credit card each month. Because the average American owes about $10,000 in credit card debt, their monthly payments are about $200. The new proposed law would push this amount to $400, including interest.

The law proposed by the federal government has been in existence for two years, but companies have been given a set period of time to comply with the law. It is expected that lenders will raise the payments to 4% before the end of this year. At first glance this may seem like a small amount, but it will dramatically increase the monthly payments of those who owe thousands of dollars. Many people have already begun filing for bankruptcy. You are probably wandering what you should do in a situation like this.

If You Can't Pay

The first thing you can do is stop using your credit cards. It doesn't make much sense to keep using it when the minimum payments are about to be increased. After this you will want to begin cutting back on bills that will keep you from being able to make your monthly payments. If you have equity in your home, you will want to use it to consolidate your loans if possible. An unsecured personal loan can also be helpful. It may also be possible to get a lower interest rate from your bank.

There's No Going Back Now

One thing you have to understand is that when the minimum payments increase, they are not likely to come back down. While this will allow some people to pay off their debts faster, many more people will not be able to pay off their loans, and will be forced to file bankruptcy. Some people believe that such a law will hurt the economy, because by raising the cost of the minimum payments you will decrease the purchasing power of the citizens.

Financial Freedom is the Key

It is best to get out of debt in anyway you can, or reduce your interest rates. If you don't have a credit card, you may want to avoid getting one. You should sit down and be honest with yourself to decide if you're responsible enough to manage one. If not, it is best to use cash. It has become more difficult to get out of debt than ever before, and this will not change in the future. It is important for you to take the steps today that can allow you to reduce your financial burden. You should stop using your credit card as soon as possible.

On a Personal Note - Living In Never Never Land

Many experts have argued that increasing the monthly payments on loans will help people and I for one must agree with that. Even at this increased amount consumers will be paying an exorbitant amount in interest and fees given the average balance of an American's credit card statement. These high interest-charging credit cards have been sucking the money from many of us who are blissfully unaware of the financial damage that they are causing. Short-term financial strain in increasing these minimum payments may be the best long-term strategy to find the growing debt problem in the US. A change in attitudes by many of us would also be a start of a brighter financial future.

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