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Once you have decided to get out of credit card debt there are generally two common strategies for this debt elimination. These are the controlling of expenditure and the consolidation of debt.
Uncontrolled and compulsive spending on your credit card is the main reason for getting into debt. Stop accumulating further debt and start controlling your spending.
o Prepare a monthly budget and make sure that you stick to it. This is the most important step for you to get out of credit card debt. Your budget should form the foundation of all your financial plans and strategies. You must know what is coming in so that you can control what is going out.
o Before using credit for spending look honestly at what it is that you want. Do you need the item or is it simply a want? What will happen if you don't buy the goods, can you save to get it later?
o Leave your credit card at home. Plan your spending rather than buying on a whim. Better still, put your card in an envelope and ask a trusted friend or family member to hold on to it for you. You must then ask the friend for your card if you want to use it. Discuss the pros and cons of using it with them. It will make you think twice about whether you need the goods you intend purchasing.
o Always pay the minimum payment at the very least. Once you have your budget in place and are aware of where your money is going you can allocate any extra funds to the elimination of your debt.
Debt consolidation requires moving your credit card debt from a high interest provider to one with a lower interest rate. If you have several cards it may be possible to place the debt on to one card.
o Analyze the terms. Check the initial rates being offered and make sure that the period of the offer will be long enough to help you out before any increase that may take place. Are there high fees to consider? Is there some fine print you should be aware of?
o Compare the benefits such as rebates and reward points.
o If you choose debt consolidation it is important that you combine the steps of controlling your expenses to this strategy as well. This will help change any bad spending habits and stop the spiral of credit card debt. You will get out of debt sooner.
To get out of credit card debt it is all about proper planning and discipline. Decide on your plan and stick with it.