Step into Spring with a Smile: Realistic Ways to Get Rid of Credit Card Debt
Is your credit card debt making it hard to get to sleep at night? Are you finding it hard to focus on daily tasks because of the stress? Are collection agencies calling you or your family members in an attempt to obtain what you owe? Are you avoiding opening bills that you know you can’t pay?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t worry, you are not alone. Thousands of Canadians struggle with this financial problem on a regular basis. The ease with which credit companies extend credit and the high interest rates have made credit card debt a national problem, one that continues to plague the average Canadian no matter their income or financial status.
Does this mean that you have to continue to struggle to make those monthly payments or combat the stress? No – there are ways to get rid of credit card debt and stop the calls and finally get a good night’s sleep.
- Firstly, stop using those cards. Right now! Remove the cards from your wallet to help resist the temptation.
- Secondly, assess your debt. Make a list of the credit cards, the amounts you owe, and the monthly payments. Follow this up with a monthly budget, including everything you spend money on and all income. Once you’ve done this, establish what expenditures can be cut – and cut them.
- Attack your debt. Once you’ve cut your spending, start applying that extra income to your current debt load. Make sure that you are making at least the monthly minimum payment on each card, and apply any additional savings to the balances owed.
If this doesn’t seem like a realistic approach for the amount of debt you are currently carrying, or if making minimum payments has become almost impossible, some more serious methods may need to be considered. If this is your current situation, our best advice is to speak with an experienced debt specialist right away. Getting rid of your credit card debt might mean a debt consolidation, consumer proposal or bankruptcy – all of which are complex and come with a number of great benefits.
Stop ignoring those phone calls and throwing away those bills. Deal with your credit card debt and eliminate that stress.
For more about getting rid of credit card debt that seems to be holding you back please call DebtCare Canada today at 1-888-890-0888.