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Debt on Credit Cards: How It All Develops

2008-02-06

If we look at the financial standing of an average American household, we are very likely to meet up with a substantial credit card debt or, at least some undesirable balance on one or several cards. That's a typical situation for today and you do not normally get surprised when such families site the debt payoff as their goal for the nearest future.

But prevention is always better than the cure, let's agree. So far, however, more cardholders involve themselves with the second variant, as it is when they can get advice and real assistance. Being offered an enticing credit card deal, a person hardly admits the possibility of debt and is probably unaware of how it develops.

We have tried to make up kind of a scheme according to which a credit card debt develops so as to prevent a cardholder from falling into debt.

The first credit card deal is usually made at college/university or straight on graduation with the purpose of establishing personal credit record. There are two ways the situation may lead to a debt. First and fastest is when the cardholder starts abusing the principles of credit card management and accumulates huge balances just because he/she goes late on the minimum monthly payment or skips it.

The second way is a bit more sophisticated. You are a diligent customer who scrupulously studies every credit card statement and always pays on time. For your responsibility, and thus creditworthiness, your creditor offers to increase your credit card limit, to which you, normally agree, being pleased with such kindness and trust.

Your consent to the limit increase is the first sigh of your probable debt in the future. What do you usually do in such a situation? You, naturally, raise your spending to match the new limit. Will you be able to manage higher balances? If yes, but not all customers do, you will be eligible for the best credit card rates and no annual fees, which are the typical features of best credit card deals.

Having a common sense, you would stick to this very development of things, and, unless you seriously default on your plastic, debt is no threat to you.

But it all is not that easy. Another step to a credit card debt is the never ending, irresistible credit card offers that the issuers showers you with, seeing you a good credit risk. Most customers are tempted, and when the number of cards becomes substantial, balances begin to accumulate twice as fast.

The path down to debt continues.

The most venturesome thing to do, when trying to reduce the balances, is to play the balance transfers game. It is vitally important not to overdo it. The biggest mistake is to start spending on the new card, which will inevitable lead to another debt.

The wise strategy would be to just remove the balance onto this new, lower interest credit card, and make full and on time payments. No new purchases, no defaults. Only then you will avoid the spiral of debt.

So, this is the rough model of the development of credit card debt. Lots of cardholders do not wait to see the credit limit increase or game of balance transfers as they sink into credit card debt right at their first credit card deal.

Hopefully, the knowledge of these development phases will protect you from following them at an early stage of owing the all-powerful plastic - the credit card.

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