Credit card debt is one of the hardest debt situations to be in. In recent years we have learned to rely on using our credit cards to, pretty much, pay for anything we want. Whether we can afford it or not. Now, however, the economic situation is bleak and our free spending days are over.
This has left a lot of us with fairly hefty credit card debts to pay off and more and more of us have less available money to service these borrowings. The major problem with running up debts on your credit cards and not repaying them quickly is the fact that interest will simply keep being added to them. So, even if you cut up your cards or lock them away in a drawer so that you can’t use them, the money you owe here will keep growing on its own.
For this reason it is important to treat credit card debt as a priority. But, given that repaying a debt that grows by itself can be so hard how can you do this? Your best bet here may well be to look at consolidating your credit card debt and the easiest way to do this is to take out a debt consolidation loan. These types of loans have the following advantages:
- You borrow enough money to pay off all your credit cards at once.
- The loan that you take out will help you break the chain of interest being added to the capital sum you owe.
- Debt consolidation loans will usually come with much lower interest rates than credit cards which have some of the highest rates in the industry.
- Your monthly repayments will therefore be lower and, as they’ll usually be fixed, you’ll be able to budget more effectively.
- You will usually find that you will pay back less over time than if you simply make the minimum repayments on paying back your credit cards.
- You will be able to repay your debts more quickly than if you just make the minimum repayment on your credit cards.
Most people here will simply take out some form of personal loan to consolidate their credit card borrowings. This can be taken on a secured basis or an unsecured one. Secured consolidation loans are usually taken out by homeowners – in this case the loan is secured against your property and you’ll get lower interest rates because of this factor. Unsecured loans are usually taken out for smaller amounts or by non-homeowners or homeowners who prefer not to put their property up as collateral.
Once you have secured your loan all you need to do is to use the money that you have borrowed to repay what you owe on your credit card(s). Then you will be left with a simple single payment to your loan provider every month until your debt consolidation loan is done. This really is a simple and safe solution to sorting out your credit card debts – just remember, it’s wise to stop using your cards now to make sure you avoid similar problems in the future!