Everything You Should Know About Your Credit Card Debt (3 Minute Debt Break)

2023-06-19  3 minute read

Credit Counselling


hen it comes to personal debt, there are many areas that can affect how well we can stay in control of it and get ahead. One of the most important to know more about is credit card debt. We'll cover the basics, how it affects your credit score, and strategies to pay it off.

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Credit card debt is the money you owe for purchases made using your credit card. When you reach your credit limit and haven't paid off the balance, debt starts to accumulate. It's important to make a minimum monthly payment to avoid interest charges. Most credit cards offer a grace period of 20 to 30 days before interest is charged. 

How does credit card debt impact your credit score? Your credit score reflects your creditworthiness and is influenced by several factors. Payment history accounts for 35% of your score, so making timely payments is crucial. The amount owed and credit utilization ratio are also considered. Having a mix of credit types and a longer credit history can positively impact your score.

Now, let's discuss strategies to pay off credit card debt. One approach is self-directed repayment plans. Debt consolidation involves taking out a new loan or credit card with a zero percent balance transfer or low-interest rate to pay off existing credit. This simplifies payments and leaves you with a single monthly payment.

Another self-directed strategy is the debt snowball method. Start by paying off the credit card with the lowest balance, then roll that payment into the next lowest balance. Repeat this process until all debts are paid off. This method provides a sense of accomplishment and motivation.

If self-directed plans aren't enough, you can explore debt relief options with professional assistance. A Debt Management Plan or DMP involves working with a debt management company to analyze your situation and negotiate with creditors. They'll help you create a repayment plan and make a single payment through the company.

Another option is filing a Consumer Proposal, which involves a Licensed Insolvency Trustee determining an affordable repayment amount. This is usually less costly than a DMP, and creditors cannot opt out. Lastly, filing for bankruptcy is an option when you can't afford to pay a portion of your debt. A Licensed Insolvency Trustee can guide you through the process.

Remember, avoiding credit card debt starts with responsible spending and smart saving habits. Stay mindful of your balance and make payments on time to maintain a healthy credit score.


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