How to Reduce the Cost of Your Credit Card

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Credit-cardsIf you have ever looked at just how much your small credit card debt is costing you, then you are probably looking at all of the options you have in reducing the interest that accumulates every month.

There are lots of relatively easy ways in which you can do this, it just requires research, some time, control and some determination when it comes to living a more slightly frugal lifestyle until you can get on top of the costs of your credit card.

The first step would be to compare your credit card with the current credit card offers which are available on the market. Even a small drop in the interest rate can result in huge savings in the long run, if your credit profile has improved from the point you got your credit card you may find that new cards with lower interest rates, bonuses and a better deal all round will be available.

A comparison of everything on the market would then lead you to balance transfer credit cards that are available. A balance transfer allows you to transfer your current balance from your old credit card and then put it onto a new one. For an introductory period you will be able to benefit from no interest being charged on your balance. This as a result will give you the opportunity to make huge savings on both the monthly payments and the overall costs of the debt. You should look to pay off as much as your debt off within the interest free period as possible as all of  your payment will be going towards paying off the debt. A contrast to the current situation where you pay off a piece of debt yet be then charged interest which could potentially be just as much as the payment you have made.

Another step would be to actually pay more each month, rather than cutting down what you actually pay. It may not sound like you are going to save money on the cost of your credit card bills but when you look at the bigger picture you will be saving a surprising amount! Don’t fall into the minimum payments on your credit card trap, doing this will mean you spend years in debt and be paying more than you should.

Ideally you would stop using your credit card, reducing the debt is imperative when it comes to cutting down the cost of the interest. Having a more manageable monthly payment each month will also mean less financial stresses elsewhere. If you do need to continue using  your credit card for whatever reason then pay off more than you spend each month and do not use your credit card to withdraw cash from a cash machine. More often than not this isn’t free, an additional charge as well as a higher interest rate will be applied.

Always pay your credit bill on time, the sooner the better, setting up your credit card and online banking will encourage you to make payments when possible rather than only once per month. Small micro payments throughout the month when you have funds available will help chip away at the costs.

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