Credit card debt is one of those things that can easily sneak up on you. This can especially be the case when you have high-interest credit cards in your wallet. Luckily, there’s a strategy you can use to get your credit card debt back under control and save money at the same time called a balance transfer.
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Q: With 2020 drawing to a close, I’d love to give myself an end-of-year financial review before it goes. Where do I begin?
A: Giving yourself an end-of-year financial review is a wonderful way to check on the progress you’ve made toward your goals, highlight areas needing improvement and update your accounts, funds and investments. Here’s all you need to know about this important end-of-year ritual.
Q: I’d love to improve my credit score, but I can’t get ahead of my monthly payments. I also find that my spending gets out of control when I’m paying with plastic. How do I use my credit cards responsibly?
A: Using your credit cards responsibly is a great way to boost your credit score and your financial wellness. Unfortunately, though, credit card issuers make it challenging to stay ahead of monthly payments and easy to fall into debt with credit card purchases. No worries, though; Freedom First is here to help!
Here’s all you need to know about responsible credit card usage.
Did you know the average American household carries $6,358 in credit card debt?
If that doesn’t sound too alarming, consider this: A debt of $5,000 with an interest rate of 24.99% (which is the current rate of a typical Capital One or Citibank card), where only the minimum payment is made each month and no additional charges are made to the card, accumulates $4,823 in interest over five years. That means the cardholder would be paying nearly double the amount that was originally spent!
It feels like you just packed away the holiday decorations yesterday, but believe it or not, this year is already more than halfway over. Now that fall is just around the corner, take a few minutes to give yourself a mid-year financial checkup. A small investment of time can spur important changes that can affect your financial wellness for the rest of the year or even for years to come.