With the current crisis, here’s how to manage your credit card and where you can get advice and guidance:
- Set up automatic payments: You can set up automatic payments for your credit card through your bank or through the credit card issuer. This will ensure that you never miss a payment and avoid late fees.
- Pay more than the minimum payment: Paying more than the minimum payment can help you pay off your credit card balance faster and save on interest charges.
- Use your credit card responsibly: Only charge what you can afford to pay off each month. Avoid maxing out your credit card or carrying a balance from month to month, as this can lead to high interest charges.
- Monitor your credit card statement: Check your credit card statement regularly to make sure that all the charges are accurate. If you see any unauthorised charges, report them to your credit card issuer right away.
- Keep track of your credit utilisation: Your credit utilisation is the amount of credit you are using compared to the amount of credit you have available. It’s a good idea to keep your credit utilisation below 30%, as a higher utilisation can hurt your credit score.
- Consider consolidating your credit card debt: If you have multiple credit cards with high balances, you may want to consider consolidating your debt onto one card with a lower interest rate. This can help you pay off your debt faster and save on interest charges.
- Schedule your direct debit on your pay day – this can make budgeting for the month easier.
It’s always best to reach out if you’re worried about money.
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