Credit Card Danger

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What I call the, “I want it NOW” syndrome, is something that we expect from children. The problem being that many adults never mature enough to grow out of this syndrome. People should get credit counseling at a very young age – it should be a required curriculum in our school system.

There are many theories as to why people feel such a strong need to go deeply into debt in order to fill their lives with material things. Credit cards are a required necessity in today?s mod…

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consumer credit, credit card

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What I call the, “I want it NOW” syndrome, is something that we expect from children. The problem being that many adults never mature enough to grow out of this syndrome. People should get credit counseling at a very young age – it should be a required curriculum in our school system.

There are many theories as to why people feel such a strong need to go deeply into debt in order to fill their lives with material things. Credit cards are a required necessity in today?s modern world; however without responsible use of these credit cards, a consumer can soon find themselves choking in debt. Consumers find themselves in a vicious cycle: first they start by only making the minimum payment required (which often does not even cover the accumulating interest), next the consumer finds it necessary to make a payment late, or skip a payment. This strategy causes a boomerang effect as it usually triggers a huge jump in the interest rate you are paying. Credit card companies are really smiling when you miss a payment, the late fees seem to be getting bigger and bigger, the fee alone may be $35, $50, or even $75 or more – that fee is pure profit for the credit card company. To add insult to injury, on top of that fee, you will find your interest rate has doubled or tripled.

Most credit card owners probably get several letters in the mail offering them a cash advance “to use in any way you want”, it usually mentions some dream vacation, or other expensive item that we all dream about. The letter will mention an extremely attractive interest rate, sometimes even zero interest for a specified period of time. How many people read the find print on the back of these offers – where it explains that if you violate any terms of the agreement – your interest rate will soar to the highest allowable by law.

The stress of dealing with debt collectors, and other consequences related to poor credit can take its toll on your family life and can lead to more serious issues like divorce and many turn to drugs or alcohol to ease the stress.

Consumers often need credit counseling and should reach out to professionals to help them improve their credit rating and repair bad credit. Credit card interest rates along with late fee penalties can get out of control; thereby creating a deadly trap where making even the minimum payments won’t be enough to get your head above the water. An experienced consumer credit counselor can help you find a solution, and perhaps reduce your debt significantly. Consumer credit counseling services can help negotiate reduced payment amounts with lower interest and monthly payments by standing behind you and reinforcing your commitment to paying off your debts.

The first step is to recognize that you have a problem. The next step is to seek out an experienced professional credit counselor. Check out several potential credit counselors. Get references and ask for recommendations from friends. Choose your credit counselor wisely and ALWAYS read the fine print. Don’t be embarrassed to seek help; you are not the only person who has found themselves deep in debt, the sooner you acknowledge and deal with the problem the sooner you can move on with your life

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