Credit counseling is not for everyone, but may be for you if you are struggling with debt. Credit counselors work by negotiating a reduced payment plan with creditors. In exchange for receiving timely payments, creditors may return a small portion of the amount received to the counseling service. Only consider a counselor if you can reign in your spending and pay off your debt in less than five years.
Ah, one of the questions for the ages. Shall you or shall you not pay off your credit cards with home equity? Let’s say you ran up a credit card on a bunch of crap you didn’t need and are now being charged 15%. You’ve seen the error of your ways, and now are interested in paying off your debt. How should you go about it? Should you use Home Equity? Blueprint For Financial Prosperity suggests that, while you may be saving big money by cutting your interest rate, you should think the decision over carefully.
•Be aware that the card issuer has a great deal of leeway. They reserve the right to change the terms of your card, including the APR (annual percentage rate), at any time, for any reason–with as little as 15 days notice. So check your monthly statement carefully.
If you’re looking for a quick way to compare credit cards, Savings Agent can help. If you need a quick reference before you call your credit company to ask for a lower APR, or you really want to switch credit cards, Savings Agent is a free tool that compares dozens of cards to find you the one with the lowest cost. If you don’t have any debt, Savings Agent can recommend cards with the best rewards programs. The site doesn’t ask for any personal information, and it’s easy to use. It’s a good first step toward negotiating your new interest rate. —MEGHANN MARCO
- I’d been thinking seriously about getting a new card and transferring the balance…. I was fairly certain that I could find a card that would allow me to transfer my balance and pay 0% for at least a year (Instead of paying 500+ bucks in interest over the next 6 months with my current card).
Chase credit card raised Lee’s effective APR to 148.14%
Chase yesterday decided to put the screws harder to its most struggling credit card customers, an insider tells us.
If you’re a Chase credit card holder and you received a “Change of Terms” notice in your recently mail, congratulations.
Acambras got her Citibank APR dropped from 13.99% to 2.99% just by asking.
It ain’t alchemy but it can turn lead into gold.
Some would envy Eilidh, being showered with golden jewelry by a male admirer.
Inspired by our post “HOW TO: Buy A Car Without Putting A Shotgun In Your Mouth,” M. writes in a story about navigating the tricky world of car financing.
s a nifty way to take master your credit card debt. Punch into John Madea’s free analyzer the APR, minimum monthly payment percentage, the principal and monthly payment.