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Spiraling credit card debt can be difficult to avoid

One of the most unenviable positions for New Jersey consumers to be in is being caught in a spiral of debt. This type of dilemma is often caused by emergencies such as unanticipated medical needs or job losses that necessitate spending on credit cards. Unfortunately, by the time the alarm bells go off, the debt may be already overwhelming. Depending on the severity of the situation, there may be remedial steps that can be taken to address credit card debt.

The most efficient way to curb credit card spending is by avoiding the use of it. However, there is no danger of accumulating debt if the full amount is paid every month. The interest rates on any balances remaining after the end of the month are typically astronomical. Even if the person manages to avoid spending more, accumulating interest can increase the outstanding balance. Adding any available money to the minimum required amount every month will limit the interest added.

There are two suggested methods of paying off credit card debt. The method that provides quicker results and a sense of achievement is to pay credit cards from the lowest amount to the highest. However, additional interest can be limited by starting with the card that carries the highest interest rate and working toward the one with the lowest interest rate. Working with a strict budget and finding a second job may also help resolve the issue, and a consumer may also try negotiating with lenders.

Those facing overwhelming credit card debt may find themselves being threatened with repossession and/or foreclosure. To find out about the protection offered by the federal Bankruptcy Code, it may be beneficial to consult with an experienced New Jersey bankruptcy attorney. A lawyer can assess the situation and suggest the most appropriate remedy for the client's unique circumstances. Filing for personal bankruptcy results in an automatic stay on collection efforts. Professional guidance may enable the credit card holder to make informed choices to achieve renewed financial stability.

Source: wisebread.com, "5 Ways to Prevent a Debt Spiral", Dan Rafter, Aug. 11, 2016

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