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Archive for May 2010

10 Steps to Pay Off Debt with a Zero Balance Transfer Credit Card

Published 5/17/10  (Modified 3/9/11)

By MoneyBlueBook

A balance transfer credit card can be a useful resource for a credit card debt elimination plan. It allows you to consolidate debt into a single account and may lower your overall interest rate, helping to reduce your monthly payments and pay off your debt more quickly.

Of course, opening a balance transfer credit card on its own won't make your debt evaporate overnight and shouldn't be an excuse to spend more--but if you understand what the balance transfer credit card is for and stay disciplined in your debt payments, it can be a very useful tool.

Ten Steps to Debt Reduction Using Zero Balance Transfer Credit Cards

  • Make a list of all of your debts--and add them up. This gives you a clear idea of how much you owe, how much the interest rate is on each debt, and what you are currently paying in monthly interest and minimum payments. Awareness is the first step toward being debt-free.
  • Review the terms of your current debt. If you currently pay little or no interest on at least some of your debt, you may not even need to transfer that part. However, if your existing low interest rate is for an introductory period that is ending soon, you may want to consolidate that debt with the rest.
  • Find a low interest credit card that can be used to transfer balances. If you don't already have one that will work, apply for a new balance transfer card. If possible, select one with at least a 6- to 12-month introductory period, during
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