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How to Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate


Your credit card statement is probably so painful to look at that you do not even read it carefully.  You glance at the minimum payment and the total outstanding balance.  Your credit card statement might tell you how long it will take you to pay off your balance if you keep making payments and don’t make any additional purchases, but you don’t want to think about it.  It might also tell you how much more quickly you could pay it off if you added ten or twenty dollars to the principal each month, but you know you cannot afford it.  If you read your credit card statement carefully, though, you will find out that a disturbingly large amount of the balance is compound interest.  If you could reduce your interest rate, then paying down your credit card debt would no longer feel like such a Sisyphean task.  Even though what you read in the news may make it sound like credit card interest rates are based on factors that only economists understand, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of interest you pay.  For help taking charge of your credit card debt, contact a Plantation debt lawyer.

Don’t Wait for the Fed to Reduce the Interest Rate on Your Credit Card

Federal interest rates are only one factor in your credit card interest rate.  Credit card issuers cannot charge you less than the federal rate, but they can charge you more.  For a while, early in the pandemic, the federal rate was zero.  If the federal rate changes, the interest you pay will change, but don’t hold your breath waiting for another era of zero federal interest.

Look for a Zero Interest Balance Transfer

Some credit cards offer zero interest, but only for a limited period.  If you transfer your balance to a different card, the new card might get you an interest-free introductory period of several months, but the interest-free period rarely exceeds two years.

Ask Your Credit Card Issuer for an Interest Rate Reduction

Sometimes you can reduce your interest rate just by calling your current credit card issuer and asking nicely.  You are in the best position to do this if you have had the card for multiple years and you have never missed a payment.

Pay Less Interest With the Debt Avalanche Method

Paying down your principal does not reduce the interest rate, but it does reduce the overall amount of interest you pay.  Choose your credit card debt as the first target of your debt repayment avalanche.

Take Out a Debt Consolidation Loan

Debt consolidation loans have lower interest rates than credit cards.  Therefore, it makes sense to consolidate your debt by paying off your credit card with a low interest personal loan.

Work With a Debt Lawyer About Coping With Credit Card Debt

A South Florida debt lawyer can help you find a way to make your credit card debt disappear.  Contact Nowack & Olson, PLLC in Plantation, Florida to discuss your case.



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