If you have let your credit card debt get out of hand, then do not panic. You are among a fast growing group of people who are falling victim to the UK?s ever increasing credit card debt mountain.
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If you have let your credit card debt get out of hand, then do not panic. You are among a fast growing group of people who are falling victim to the UK?s ever increasing credit card debt mountain. As a nation, we are adding to our credit card debt at a truly alarming rate. With the number of people now in credit card debt approaching half of the population, this trend is only growing and growing.
Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take to start getting your credit back on track. The first, and most obvious step to take is to reign in your spending. If you are starting to worry about your debt level, then don?t bury your head in the sand and try to ignore it. As soon as you become aware that there may be a problem, stop spending on the cards. For most people, when they begin to get worried, it is not too late. They will be able to manage their debt so long as they take action and stop racking up debt.
What you then should do is make a repayment plan, dedicating your highest repayments to the cards with the highest interest rates. Your plan should be to clear one card at a time, starting with the most expensive. Then direct your attention at the next highest rate card, and so on.
If, taking an objective look at the situation, you feel that this will not be possible, either because you can only barely afford the minimum payments, or you cannot afford them at all, then maybe debt consolidation would be the way to go. The sooner you do this the better, as you will be saving interest for every month that passes.
Debt consolidation loans charge far lower interest rates than any credit cards, and will give you a definite time at which you will be finished with your repayments. This can be good for your moral, and good for your budgeting as you know exactly how much you have to set aside each month. The downside of debt consolidation is that you will most likely have to secure the loan over your home. This carries inherent risks and if you fear for any reason, that you will be unable to keep up with the repayments, then you are far better off if you have not secured the debts over your home.