Banking in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
Starting now, Canadian mortgage seekers will find it easier to qualify for more money. That’s because the Bank of Canada has dropped its five year benchmark qualifying rate from 5.34 percent to 5.19 percent. This is the rate banks use to qualify would-be-homebuyers for a mortgage. This is the fir.... More »
We usually sign up for credit cards because of special features and benefits – from cash-back earning rates to travel perks to balance transfer offers. And one feature that may make or break your decision between one credit card or another is the welcome promotion – a special bonus that adds .... More »
A good credit history is important for everyone. It’s a gateway to more borrowing options and the basis of a positive financial future. But what if you have no credit, or some unfortunate marks on your record make it hard to get a new card? That’s where a secured credit card may come in.... More »
We usually sign up for credit cards because of special features and benefits – from cash-back earning rates to travel perks to balance transfer offers. And one feature that may make or break your decision between one credit card or another is the welcome promotion – a special bonus that add.... More »
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…