Banking in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
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Credit card bills got you down?
That’s the trouble with paying with plastic. It is easy to spend, but not quite as easy to pay off the debt you accrue – especially if you are only paying the minimum each month. Carrying too much credit card debt can make it harder to get a loan for a house or a car should you need to. It can also be enormously stressful if you fall behind and end up in the crosshairs of a collection agency.
So before you get any deeper in debt, it is time to get your financial house in order and develop a plan for paying off your credit card debt. Here’s how:
Stop Using Your Credit Cards Immediately
If you are really serious about paying off your credit card debt, then you better stop using them. Otherwise, you are just continuously adding to the debt you are trying to pay off. Take them out of your purse or wallet, lock them away, or shred them if necessary.
Set a Budget and Stick to It
Setting a strict budget will help you avoid unnecessary spending. Start with your monthly wages and calculate how much you need for rent or mortgage, utilities, transportation, and food…