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Level 6

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

With the balance and interest constantly stacking up, it's impossible to keep up. What can I do?
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Level 20

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

The first thing to do, is to cut up or burn that credit card. Then call the issuer and close the account. That will prevent any probability of you even being tempted to try and use it again.

Level 17

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

Calling the credit card companies is the first thing I would do, tell them your predicament and see what kind of options they can offer in the situation.

 

If you're just completely underwater, your cards are maxed and realistically don't have the means to get these balances paid down or paid off, even over time, you could consult a bankruptcy attorney and see if that could be an option for your situation.

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Level 7

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

Have you heard of either the Snowball or Avalanche approach to paying off your debt?? You can either begin to pay off your card with the highest balance or with the highest interest rate. Either one will lead you on a path toward a debt free lifestyle! Check out one article I found helpful here: https://turbo.intuit.com/blog/debt/debt-repayment-strategy-81/ 

 

Also, has anyone else had experience with one of these approaches? Did it help improve your credit score like mine did? 

Level 6

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

I am having the same issue and looking for answers to make it all happen. So my payments are on time and I can skip the fees.
Level 6

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

I was drowning with my credit card payments. So I came accross someone who told me about the snowball approach to pay off my debt. I started putting all my extra cash towards my smallest credit card till it was paid off, then the next, and the next. My credit score has increased so much since then! It definitely worked for me.
Level 6

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

The debt snowball is probably the best approach. I am currently doing it and I have paid off around$13,000 in debt which includes two credit cards a small car loan and $4000 off another card. I would suggest Dave Ramsey’s book “Total Money Makeover”. He details the steps to take to do it. Get it. Read it. Do it. Also, the only way I think the avalanche method would be feasible is if you only had a few debts to pay that didn’t have large balances or interest rates.
Level 2

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

The debt snowball is a great tool. I would also call your credit card companies and ask them if they will freeze your account temporarily and lower your interest rate.
RaG
Level 2

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

Heard you my G

***Why listen to me? Im well qualify because I just paid off 2 credit cards myself and one more to go take what you need chose is your.***

Step one: List the number of credit cards with the interest on them.

Step two: Organizations the Lowest to the Highest Interest and there due date.

Step three: Pay the one with the lowest interest first (but you would say would it make more sense to pay the highest credit card though?) I thought so too but no, pay the smallest interest hard whatever the amount is due pay a bit more on top of that everything else just the minimum.

Step four: Once the first credit card is paid in full then repeat.

Step five: Don’t buy things that you have to sell a few years down the road, as your self do I really need this and if so for what reason.
RaG
Level 2

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

Oh FYI anyone saying cut or burn credit cards are un knowledgeable on what they talking about, use the cards wisely not because of someone else misunderstanding of using it think about it I just gave you an 🔑 once ago it on you to open the door 🚪 Financial Literacy
Level 7

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

Not sure if you've found a solution that is working for you yet, but I hope you didn't close your accounts! Credit history is a factor in determining your credit score and unless your cards have annual fees attached to them, it will only hurt you to close the cards. Refrain from using them as much as possible until you can get the debt under control, but don't close them if you don't have to.

Depending on your creditworthiness, I would consider a personal loan to consolidate your cards. Chances are the interest will be less than what you have with your cards & it's easier to see exactly what you'll be paying monthly & total (opposed to the CC's which compound interest daily) You can run pre-approvals on most loan websites (Discover, Payoff, Best Egg, Marcus, to name a few). You WILL deal with spam from them, but you can also see what they can offer you without a ding to your credit before your official application.

Work out how much you owe total, what you're currently paying for all payments monthly, and what you can afford to pay monthly. Try to find a loan that matches up with those numbers. You might need to do a little finagling to get it just right. Match your monthly payment to what you're already paying monthly for the cards you want to pay off. Extend your loan term for the longest possible.

Once you pay off your credit cards your score will jump & you can always apply for a different loan with better terms after your score jumps. From that point, use cards minimally and only what you can pay off monthly. Don't make big purchases until you have cash saved up to pay off the bill immediately. Assign a recurring payment to each of your cards (Netflix on one card, gas on another, gym membership to a third) to keep them active. Take cards you don't need daily and put them in a drawer. Carry around a card for gas & food only & then just try to be as disciplined as you can with them.

From personal experience, I was in a similar situation. Between a 0% interest balance transfer card, and a personal loan from Discover I was able to consolidate $15,000 in credit card debt. Two months after my score jumped (from 680 to 720) I applied for a new loan with my credit union at better terms (from 19% to 10%), resulting in a much smaller payment. When I over extend myself for the month, I borrow from my savings (which I have a bit of now that I'm not drowning in CC debt) to pay off the statement balance in full, then I pay myself back slowly at 0% interest. I still have the debt, but it's easier to handle. All of that to say it CAN be done.

Best of luck.
Level 7

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

Don't do this. You need credit card history to build credit. Unless you are paying annual fees on your cards, don't close them.
Level 6

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

Hi,
I’m 25yrs with no kids, 2 car payments (I live in New Jersey) and recently married. (Everyone situation is different). I started 2018 with a brand new job but 12k in credit card debt with high interest rates & 3k in medical and zero savings. I’m ending 2018 with 10k in liquid cash and 4K in 401k and 3k in individual investment account. Here’s how I did it. I downloaded mint in January and it showed me my spending pattern and my financial status. I created a budget and cut my spending by 50% I was spending way to much on food almost as much as my rent. So, I started cooking and food prep every week. I’m now sepending only $300+ per month on food. And I’m also a bodybuilder so no I don’t starve myself. My wife and I split the rent and I pay for everything else. One job wasn’t cutting it so I got a second job in April. The second job was purely used to pay Credit Card debt because the interest was killing me. I finished paying off all credit cards in July. Started saving in August. I started my 401k in June. And my individual investment account in August. For Christmas I set $150 per person for gifts that I’m sure I will buy something and a box of cards for everyone else that I will just give a card. Turned out I only spent &1800 for Christmas expenses vs 4K+ in previous years. And I sold items that I no longer need on eBay for extra income to pay for my Christmas expense. So basically.. I monitored my finances, built a decipline budget and stick to it, Find help where I could, took advantage of cash back from the credit cards, my credit score automatically went up in the whole process, work multiple jobs to increase income while decreasing expenditures, sell stuff I don’t need and built an investment portfolio. It was a hectic year now I comfortably work one Job and 2019 will be twice as better now I learnt how to manage my finances and credit. Stuff we never learn in school. Hope this helps.
Level 6

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

Hi! I agree with everyone else. You should keep your cards at home so you’re not tempted to swipe them while you’re out. I did that for the long time. My second recommendation is to only spend what you have. If you can’t grab your debit card and make a payment on something you used your credit card for right after a purchase, you should try to refrain from buying. Lastly, you can get a Credit Karma account and look at their credit card recommendations. They will tell you your approval odds and you can pick out a card best for you. I recently got an American Express and did a balance transfer which is a God send because it does not accrue interest for a year and some change, so that really helped me tackle my debt. I paid off my credit cards super fast after that! I know it’s hard, but try to keep a positive outlook and keep seeking help on forums like this and keeping up with what you owe and to whom. I live paycheck to paycheck now, but at least I know that I’m being responsible with my funds compared to before. I literally map out how I will spend my money a week before each paycheck. That helped me a lot too because I started to see where I was mindlessly spending and helped me nip those habits in the butt. Keep your head up! I promise it’ll get better if you really try!!

Level 3

HELP! I'm struggling to keep up with my credit card payments

Sure it helps! It’s common sense and everything changed by me in terms of debt, once I took that path