A minimum payment to a credit card debt should always be avoided. Many people fall into a debt trap they find harder to get out of by only making minimum payments to their credit card debt. The credit card companies have not helped this problem by reducing many of their minimum payments to 2% of the balance. In our view this is far too small and only encourages people to spend money that they cannot afford.
A credit card minimum payment means that you can spend more and pay as little back as the credit card issuer will allow you. Sounds great in theory but it is a system that will turn out to be your worse nightmare. If you stick to it before long you will find that you have reached your limit, have nothing left to spend and all the while your past purchases are totting up interest charges. These sequence of events make your minimum payments so high, that you can only afford to pay back the interest charges and your debt remains the same, with no light at the end of the tunnel as to how you are going to clear it.
This is where the credit card companies have gotten wise and by reducing the minimum payment steadily from 10% on original credit cards to the 2% that most now have set, they have seen a way of making as much profit from you and I as possible. By reducing the minimum payment to such a low level, they have given the customer a false picture on how much they can spend on their credit cards and how much they can really afford. With the minimum payment now sitting at 2%, those who cannot clear their credit cards in full each month, will now see interest charges being added to interest charges, as their balance increases month by month.
To reduce your debt stop using your credit card
This is a position that many find themselves in and by noticing it early on you could be saving yourself a lot of grief and a good bit of money. If you are there at this point, then the best thing that you can do is to stop using the credit card altogether and start to look at ways to reduce your outstanding debt. Even if you find that you have to cut back on other expenditure, you should deal with a debt that is a drain to your finances and by saving now on a few luxuries it will be to your advantage. As you pay off you balance quicker you will save more in interest charges.
Always remember that by paying minimum payments and minimum payments only, you are playing a very dangerous game with your hard earned cash. So why should you work many hours a week just to feed the profits of a bank or credit card issuer, who will be your friend until such a time you cannot afford to pay back the cash that they let you borrow.
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