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Credit Card Debt Help, Increase Your Direct Debit and Cut Your Debt Sentence

Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans Jun 12, 2009 - 02:48 AM GMT

By: MoneySupermarket


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBeing faced with a chunky credit card bill is a daunting prospect and if you only ever make the minimum repayment it could take you a long time to get back in the black.

  • A small increase in monthly payment can make a big difference to the time taken to clear your debt. today urges borrowers to consider making larger repayments rather than just the minimum direct debit amount, and pay off their debt in a faster and cheaper way.

A borrower with a £1,000 balance on a credit card at 16.9 per cent APR, only paying the minimum repayment of two per cent for 12 months, will rack up £151.74 in interest, and the total balance will only be down to £920.60. However, by paying £50 a month (five per cent each month) they will pay nearly £30 less interest, and decrease the overall balance by nearly £400.

Even better - for those that can afford it, paying £100 (10 per cent) for a year on the same credit card balance, will mean in 12 months time they will be debt free, and will only have paid £79.16 in interest - almost halving the interest they would have paid if they only made the minimum repayments.

Peter Harrison, credit card expert at said: "Most banks will allow you to set your direct debits at the minimum repayment amount or more, and if you opt to increase your repayment amounts you will reduce your debt and the interest paid significantly. Even if you are with one of the few lenders that won't allow you to set you direct debit higher than the minimum repayment, you can set up a standing order at a larger monthly amount. Borrowers can even step up payments on months where they have some extra cash."


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