Anytime you carry over balances on your credit card you’re going to pay a lot of interest. Even if you currently have a special low-interest promotional deal, that interest rate is eventually going to increase. Use the following three tips to pay off your credit cards and slash the total amount of interest you’ll pay.
1. Pay more than the minimum balance due and you’ll methodically reduce the amount of the principal you owe. When you only pay the minimum amount due, you’re probably only paying about 2% to 3% of the total balance owed, according to the Motley Fool. Even if you can only spare a few extra dollars a month it’s worth it to put this toward your debts.
“We choose not to work with debt settlement companies,” said Matt Towson, spokesman for Discover Financial Services, Riverwoods, Ill in an article for InsideARM.com.
Virginia O’Neil, spokesperson for the American Bankers Association (ABA), in the same article was noted as saying “the vast majority of banks do not have formal written procedures in place to deal with debt settlement companies. Settlements reached with the help of intermediary companies are typically the same as settlements reached dealing directly with the consumer”.
It would appear that hiring a debt settlement company, according to Discover Financial and the ABA, would be a waste of money.
For some, that would certainly be the case. For others, hiring a third party debt settlement company may fill a need.
Chris Rocks is the Regional Director of the National Credit Federation (NCF). NCF is a nationwide membership-based organization that assists consumers recovering from a financial difficulty and those who need a significant increase in their credit score.
Chris began his financial services career as a Financial Advisor helping young families with risk management and asset accumulation strategies. It was during that time that Chris realized that many of these young families also needed someone to guide their choices with regards to debt management.
He made the transition into the mortgage industry where he first worked as a loan originator and later the Vice President of a small mortgage company. As Chris came across clients who had suffered through financial challenges and saw the difficulty they had in re-entering our credit driven economy, he discovered there was a real opportunity to leverage his unique background and help others.
He can be contacted by visiting his personal site, GoodCreditLiving.com.
Francine L. Huff is the Publisher and Editorial Director of Super Savvy Publishing, LLC, which provides editorial and publishing services. She is a gifted author, freelance journalist, and motivational speaker who has entertained and motivated a variety of audiences through workshops, panels and keynote addresses. Francine is the author of The 25-Day Money Makeover for Women, which has inspired and motivated many readers to rein in poor financial habits, become good stewards over their money and work toward a debt-free life. She has appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows. Francine previously worked for the Wall Street Journal, where she was the spot news bureau chief, a news editor and a copy editor. She has interviewed a variety of financial professionals about financial issues and strives to present information about managing money in an easy-to-understand format that is accessible to people of all backgrounds and income levels.
Karen Lawson is a freelance writer with more than 15 years of experience working in mortgage banking and loan servicing. She holds BA and MA degrees in English from the University of Nevada, Reno. She enjoys writing informative articles about debt management and personal finance.