Top Ways to Get Out of Credit Card Debt

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Credit cards are convenient, but they can quickly lead to overwhelming debt. With high interest rates, it’s easy for balances to spiral out of control if you’re not careful. Millions of Americans struggle with credit card debt – you’re not alone.  

The good news is, with determination and a strategic plan, you can break free from this financial burden. Here are some strategies:

List Your Debts Down to Create a Plan

The first step is to get a clear picture of where you stand. List all your credit card debts, along with their billing period, interest rates, and minimum payments. Now, you have two popular strategies to choose from:

The Avalanche Method

Prioritize paying off the card with the highest interest rate first while making minimum payments on the others. This saves you the most money on interest over time.

The Snowball Method

Focus on paying off the card with the smallest balance first, regardless of interest rate. The psychological boost from eliminating a debt quickly can be motivating.


You can choose either of these two or a combination of both. If you don’t like to be bound by a structure, you can simply aim to tackle any debt on the basis of the money that you have at that time.

Look for Ways to Increase Your Savings/Income

This is obvious – to pay off debt, you need cash. Although it may not be easy, try the below ideas:

Boost Savings

Scrutinize your spending habits. Cut out unnecessary expenses like going to that new restaurant, upgrading to a newer phone, buying a larger TV for watching that NFL game, etc. Every dollar saved goes towards your debt.

One of the areas where an average person tends to spend a lot of money is eating outside food. Consider packing lunches and brewing your coffee at home for substantial savings.

Increase Your Income

Can you work overtime or pick up a few extra shifts? Explore freelance gigs, side hustles like pet sitting or reselling items, or even a part-time job to generate additional income.

Transfer Your Debts

Balance Transfer Credit Cards

These cards often offer 0% introductory APR for a period, letting you pay down your principal without accruing interest. Be mindful of fees and the eventual interest rate once the introductory period ends.

Debt Consolidation

Consolidating multiple cards into a single account simplifies management. You may also want to consolidate debts into the card that charges the lowest interest.

Personal Loans

These often have lower interest rates than credit cards. Using a personal loan to pay off high-interest debt can save you money over time.

Speak with Your Card Company

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your credit card issuers. Many have hardship programs or debt relief options designed to help struggling customers. They may be able to lower your interest rate, temporarily waive fees, or work out a manageable repayment plan.

Other Tips

Stop Using Your Cards

You may want to put your credit cards away while you focus on paying off the debt. This is to keep yourself away from the temptation of spending more with the available credit limit. You can place a temporary block on the cards or ask your bank to do it for you. Once you have reduced your debt substantially, you can have them reactivated.

Seek Credit Counseling

If you’re struggling, non-profit credit counseling agencies can provide guidance and personalized debt management plans.

Seek Help From Friends and Family

You may want to consider borrowing a part of the money needed to pay off your debt from friends or family. However, be clear about when you’ll be able to pay them back and if you’ll be paying any interest on the amount. Treat the money as any other bank loan and pay it back on time to avoid any adverse effect on your relationships.


Getting out of credit card debt requires focus and discipline, but it’s absolutely achievable. Remember: There is no single “best” way to eliminate credit card debt. Choose a  combination of strategies that resonate with you and fit your financial situation. 

The most important thing is to start tackling that debt today! Even small steps lead to significant progress over time.

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