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February 23, 2023

How to Pay off Credit Card Debt and Prevent It

Try these simple strategies to become debt-free.

If you’re carrying a credit card debt from month to month, now is the best time to focus on paying it off. Paying off credit card debt can help you save money on interest and help you improve your credit score. Here are some tips to pay off debt and learn how to avoid it in the first place.

Figure out how you got into debt in the first place.

Try looking over your credit card statements from the past few months to find patterns in your habits. Figure out whether or not there are places where you can make changes in your monthly spending. If your credit card debt was the result of a large, unexpected expense, make a plan to set up an emergency fund for the future. This can help pay for unforeseen bills without going into debt.

Select a strategy to pay off debt.

A great motivator for debt payment is to create a repayment plan. There are a few basic strategies that can help you reduce debt. Pay off high-interest debts first. Make minimum payments on all your debts but put extra money toward the balance with the highest interest rate. This can help you save money in the long term because high-interest debts are more costly. Another strategy is to pay off the smallest debts first. This debt snowball method is a great motivator to pay off each debt in succession, while continuing to make minimum payments on the rest.

Pay more than the minimum.

You should always pay as much of your full credit card balance as you can because paying more than the minimum payment can help you pay off debt quicker. Paying more than the minimum helps limit the interest you’ll owe over time. Lower interest charged means lower minimum payments.

Track spending.

When you reduce spending, you can put more money toward debt and potentially save money on interest. Start by creating a budget. Find a method that helps you better understand spending habits and find areas where you can cut back. If you have debt, set goals for how to pay them off and figure out how long it will take within your budget. A good motivator to track spending habits is to tell a friend or family member. They can offer support if they know you’re working toward a debt goal. They may also provide advice or think of ways to help you stick to your goals.

Strategizing to pay off credit card debt can feel overwhelming. However, with these tips, you can improve your money management and saving skills. Give us a call or stop in at Citizens First Bank and we can help you find the best way to manage your funds.