If you have credit card debt, consider it a loud warning that it’s time for you to take control of your situation. If you are paying 2 percent (likely, but look at your statement and figure out the relationship between your last required minimum payment and the outstanding balance), expect your monthly minimum to double (at least 4 percent). Don’t continue to shoot yourself in the finances by making such tiny payments on such a large outstanding balance.


Hurts them more than you


If facing the possibility of doubled monthly payments is causing you anxiety, take heart. This is hurting them a lot more than it’s hurting you. In a way they’re doing you a favor by pushing you to get out of debt.


Can we talk?


It’s time to get yourself into gear and stop procrastinating. Sit down today and make a tangible plan to pay off those bills -- you could be done with those hefty credit card payments sooner than you think. And you can't put a price on the peace of mind you'll have when you finally obtain financial freedom.

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