Credit card debt, left unchecked, can pile up quickly. Especially for debtors making minimum payments.
According to the Federal Reserve, a credit card balance of $5,000 at 23.99 percent APR won't pay off for 16,127 years. That's one reason why it's important to manage your credit card rates, and renegotiate them whenever possible.
In this 4-minute piece from NBC's The Today Show, you'll learn the tested tactics that can cut a credit card rate, and get monthly payments to a more manageable range. And it's do-it-yourself -- no debt management firms required.
Some of the tips in the video include:
- Compare your current rate to the rate offered to new customers. Ask the lender for "new customer rate" if it's lower.
- If your credit score has improved since application, ask for an interest rate more reflective of your current credit score.
- Be nice to the customer service representative. Kindness helps.
Managing debt is an important part of household budgeting so if you're finding your credit card payments and/or rates too high for your liking, try following the instructions as described in the video. And, above all else, be persistent. The credit card companies won't likely approve your first request.