Credit Card Debt Tips to Avoid Bankruptcy

A lot of consumers today are struggling with financial crisis. The unexpected lost of job or lack of available employment can make the situation even more difficult to handle. Some credit card holders find themselves stuck with uncontrolled debt. Do you find yourself in a similar situation? IF you do, what are the steps that you can do to avoid bankruptcy? How can you make the problem more manageable?


Review your personal credit history.
Consumers can ask for one free copy of credit report from each of three major credit bureaus by visiting Annualcreditreport.com. Once you have your report on hand, make sure that the charges in all your accounts are correct. In case you find errors, exercise your right to dispute erroneous reporting by sending a letter to the credit bureau that issued your report.

Review your credit card’s terms and conditions. Do you take the time to read statements and notices sent by your credit card issuer? Has there been a change in your interest rate or finance charges? If you discover an increase in your APR, do not hesitate to call up your issuer to clarify the matter. If you have been a good credit cardholder, ask your issuer if you can retain the low interest rate that you originally signed up for.

Some people may hesitate to make such requests from their credit card companies. However, keep in mind that if you won’t negotiate, no issuer would volunteer to lower your rate or waive your fees. If your credit card company refuses to give in to your request, you may consider switching to a new credit card that offers a much better deal.

Negotiate your debts. Are you struggling with your monthly debt payments? If you cannot submit your payments on time, never try to hide from your creditors. The best step to do is to call up your credit card issuer or meet with your bank’s supervisor to explain your present financial situation. Why were you not able to pay on time? Request for an extension of your due dates or if the late penalty fees can be waived so you can catch up with your payments more easily.

Seek professional help. If your credit card issuer refuses to help, you can ask professional credit counselling help from the National Foundation for Credit Counselling (www.nfcc.org) or other government-accredited debt relief agencies.

 

About the Author:

Suzy Vanstrusen is a credit analyst and a writer on the website EZCreditRepairSolutions.com. She has been providing consumers with tips and wise information about credit repair as well as helping you out more with your bad credit loans.  Copyright © 2010
 

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