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    Default How to manage credit card debt smartly

    Steps to manage debt

    Change the lifestyle causing debt
    In most cases debt mounts up due to excessive spending and lack of checks and balances. Very often these are not even big or asset building expenses. Most often the credit card is whipped out on impulse buys for clothes, accessories or to pay restaurant bills.

    Stop using the credit card
    Don’t reduce it – just stop. Put the cards in a sealed envelope in the darkest corner of your cupboard. If you have to pay Rs 5000 for a pair of shoes in cash, it will pinch much more than paying by card. It will also help you curb impulse purchase after all you cannot buy more than the cash you are currently carrying.

    Take a loan
    The overdue interest you pay on credit card debt is between 36% - 40% p.a. 10-15% more than what you would pay on an unsecured personal loan and 20-25% more than a secured loan such as a home top up loan or loan against an LIC policy. Look at all your option and make some calculation. Lastly, do not let your ego come in between taking a temporary loan from close family if offered. Avoid settling with the bank or defaults since will reflect poorly in your credit report and you may be rejected for a loan when you need one.

    Understand where you are overspending
    To make change permanent it is essential to understand the problem areas. Take your credit card bills of the last 1 year and try to figure out which are the high spending items there. Is that Rs1800 shirt you purchased a year ago still in use? Would it not be of much better value if you had brought one for Rs500?

    Set up a budget
    Budgeting does sound boring but wallowing in debt is far worse. So you need to allocate your spending prudently. Till your debt is fully repaid ALL unnecessary expenses have to curbed include the evening coffee at Café Coffee day.

    Be prepared
    When the debt is repaid one breathes a sigh of relief and then goes back to the same destructive behaviour. It much like going on a strict diet and then binging. Be prepared for the urge for financial binging. Living within your means is not difficult as long as you have made up your mind to do it.



    Keywords: lifestyle ,causing debt, checks , balances,building expenses, credit card, clothes, accessories ,restaurant bills,LIC policy, destructive behaviour, financial binging

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    With Credit Cards I always land up spending more
    But I think I will Keep This points in mind and spend less

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