Category: Credit Cards

How do I pay off my Credit card?

If you have a credit card that you owe money on then you might want to try to pay off some of the debt. This is something that will save you money as you will no longer have to pay interest on it, but you will need to figure out a way that you will repay it. The great thing about credit cards is that you can repay any amount at any time and, unlike some loans, there are no fees for doing this. You will need to think about where you will get this extra money from.

Where to start

To start with you need to make sure that you are always paying the minimum amount each month off the card. It is wise to set up a direct debit to do this and then you will never forget. This will mean that you will not get extra charges on top of what you are normally being charged. It is also wise to stop using your card as much as possible so that you do not build up the debt. You might want to use the card if you make online orders for security, but otherwise try to avoid using it.

Spend less elsewhere

If you want more money available to pay off the credit card debt, then a good place to start looking is to try to spend less elsewhere. It might be that you spend a lot of money on luxury items and this will mean that you could potentially cut back on some of these things to free up some money to pay off the card. You might feel like you do not want to go without things, so this might be tricky. However even if you just cut back a little bit it will help you to put some money towards paying off the card. If you want to pay off the card, then you need to think about how much effort you want to put into doing this and this might make you feel keener about buying less things.

It is also a good idea to try to spend less money on the things that you do buy. You may be able to find cheaper options for items that you buy, even necessities. For example, if you switch electricity supplier you may be able to pay less for the electricity that you use. If you can try to cut down in several different areas, then you may find that you will be able spend quite a bit less and you will be able to use this money to pay some more money off the card.

Earn More

It could be the case that it might be better to try to earn a bit more money rather than trying to spend less. This could be easier if you already try to spend as little as possible or if you would rather continue to buy a few extra items. Earning ore may be harder for some people than for others. You could manage it by taking on more hours in your job, but if you have no job, no time or no opportunity then this will not be possible. You may be able to pick up some temporary work or freelance work though. You may even be able to do some work online. There are lots of opportunities, you just have to look and also be prepared to do it. You may find that you can only find things that are paid less than you currently earn or that pay less than the minimum wage. If you do online work then this could be the case and you might not feel it is worth it. However, if you can do something easy and work from home you may decide that you want to have a go and see if you can make a bit extra.