Originally posted 2010-02-12 15:00:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

If you are stressed out by high credit card debt and rising interest rates, you are not alone. The average US family carries over $7,000 in credit card debt and over $16,000 in total debt (exlcuding a mortgage).

In recent times, most of us have seen our interest rates increase too. Higher interest rates cause a couple of problems. It takes longer to pay off debt, and we spend more money servicing the debt we do carry. This means that less of our monthly payments actually go towards reducing the balance, and more goes towards paying the interest rate.

This can be illustrated with some fairly dramatic examples. Take a $1,000 balance on a credit card where the borrower pays $100 a month.

For a twenty-three percent interest rate, it takes a years worth of those hundred buck payments. In the end, they have paid off the debt plus another $123 in interest. Imagine running up $1,000 in debt for travel, a dental emergency, or car repairs, and not being able to pay if off for a year!

But if a borrower can find a 0% credit card balance transfer offer, they can do much better. Many offers start off with a zero percent rate for 6 months, and then they reset to a moderate 11 percent rate after that.

The hundred dollar payments will be applied to the balance for the six months of the 0% offer. So $600 will be paid off. After that, the interest rate will only be applied to the remaining $400. That amount can be paid in about four months. Once month will include an extra $10 or so to pay off the interest.

So with the lower rate, the borrower pays much less interest and gets the balance paid off much sooner.

Again, there are other benefits. A lower balance may help raise credit scores. Once big factor that agencies use is the percentage of money that is charged vs. the limit. This means that a consumer with a higher credit score has a much better chance of paying off future loans in a timely manner too.

Make an attack plan that you can stick with. Some people like to pay off smaller balances first. It is true that a loan that is totally paid off can give us a feeling of satisfaction.

Financial experts tell consumers to apply the most money to higher balances. For example if you have 3 cards, with balances of $200, $800, and $2,300, you should try to pay the most money to the card with the $2,300 balance and just pay the minimums on the lower cards.

Why does this strategy work? The larger balance will probably also be the one that keeps getting the larger interest applied to it. And the higher balance is probably closer to the credit limit. The idea is to spend the least amount of money on interest payments, get debt paid down the quickest, and to keep as far away from the credit limit as possible.

You need to examine your own unique situation and come up with a plan that works for you. The important thing is to commit to a strategy to reduce your debt, and then to stick to the plan.

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