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Paying Off Maxed Out Credit Card Debts: Expert Opinions

As Americans kick off the new year 2023, credit card debts are already on the rise. According to a report shared earlier in January 2023, average American credit card debts were 42% in the outgoing year compared to 2021. And there were fair reasons that forced average Americans to go for credit card loans.

There was the mayhem of the COVID-19 pandemic. The inflation rate was on the rise and so was the cost of living. On top of that, there was the fear of a looming recession – something greater than the Great Depression of 2008. Once all these crises combines, going for credit card loans was the only ray of hope for average Americans. Naturally, they went for it – as it was the only available option throughout the outgoing year 2022.

Energy Pic / Pexels / High inflation rate, the mayhem of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the looming recession “forced” average Americans to go for credit card debts in the outgoing year.

But as they stepped into the new year 2023, they found the shocking news of an interest rate hike. The United States Federal Reserve hinted at raining interest rates up 4.5% by early February 2023. Thus, the fed announcement added salt to the injuries of average Americans who had found credit card loans suitable earlier in 2022.

So, right now, average Americans are in a situation where they are set to pay high credit loan interest rates. Frankly speaking, they can not afford it anymore. The same financial crisis – that was seen in 2022 – is still there. So, experts argue that average Americans need to be creative with their credit payoffs.

Anete / Pexels / As Fed hints at interest rate hikes by February 2023, Americans need to be creative with their credit card debt payoffs.

With that said, here are some expert opinions that can help average Americans in paying off their debts:

Pay Off Smaller Debts First

According to experts, paying off smaller debts first is a great strategy if you have maxed out credit card debts. For instance, if you have 4 different cards, and you need to pay off loans on each card, pay the ones that are smaller first. Subsequently, you can head over to the larger amount later on.

Pixabay / Pexels / If you have more than one maxed-out credit card, pay off the smaller ones first. Then head over to the larger ones.

Experts argue that paying off smaller debts will give you peace of mind. You will not be bothered by multiple scattered loans anymore. As a result, you can concentrate on each of the debts accordingly.

Pay Minimum on Other Credit Card Debts

As you pay off smaller debts first, keep other debts intact. Meaning, ensure that you are ‘touching’ each of the debts separately. If you have multiple credit card debts, for instance, see which one is the lowest and which one is the highest.

Based on your analysis, pay off the smaller ones holistically. As you get rid of these small debts, try to pay the minimum on ‘other’ ones.

This way, not only you will have peace of mind that you have paid off smaller debts but you will feel the difference these ‘minimum’ payments make. In the long run, you will see that all your maxed-out debts are paid off.

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