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Credit Card Consolidation

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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These days, a lot of people are in credit trouble. They have spent more than they can handle and are using one credit card to pay the monthly minimum balance on other credit cards. This can quickly turn into a painful financial disaster. I understand that some people get into credit card trouble through no fault of their own when faced with medical costs or having to pay for major repairs, but the end result is still the same, and the stress can be unbearable.

There are a lot of companies online offering credit card consolidation loans, especially loans based on equity in a home. While this process may help some people, using home equity for such a purpose can leave the family with little or no equity in their major investment and, if they do not or cannot change their spending habits, it may mean that the situation will only get worse.

Other Credit Card Consolidation Options

If you find yourself in this position, you may have a way to deal with your problem without getting further into debt. Look at your credit card balances. If you have a balance available on a low-interest card, transfer the balances from other cards and concentrate on paying as much as you can on that low interest card each month.

Do not get any more credit cards unless you are offered one with a high limit and a very low interest rate that accepts balance transfers. If you have a credit card or two with relatively low balances, make the largest payments you can each month to clear them out. Each time you eliminate a monthly payment, it means you can make a larger payment on another card.

Finally, learn as much as you can about credit cards and what your options are. In some cases, you may be able to talk to the credit card company and get them to work out a plan for you. If all else fails and you own a home, you will still have the option of getting a credit card consolidation loan.

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