Understanding Credit Card Debt Problems

by : A.C. West

Nowadays it seems that credit cards are almost a necessity, rather than a luxury, which has caused many people to have a huge problem with credit card debt. Many people now have more than one credit card with a balance and you may even be one of those people. If you are one of the millions of people wanting to get out of credit card debt, then you first need to understand what caused the credit card debt problem to begin with.

A credit card is exactly what the name implies. It is a card with which you are able to use by borrowing on credit. Every time you use a credit card, you are borrowing money from the credit card issuer. Also, each time you use your credit card, you are increasing your credit card debt.

The total credit card debt is the full amount you have borrowed from the creditor. Each month you receive a statement showing the total credit card debt with which you are given the option of paying the balance in full or making a partial or minimum payment. When making only the minimum payment due, you will then be charged interest on the balance owed. This will also increase your credit card debt balance. If you are only making the minimum payment due each month, the new monthly interest charges are calculated on the prior months balance. This causes you to end up paying interest on the previous month's balance as well.

The credit card debt cycle just continues to increase, especially if spending habits are not controlled, which causes credit card debt to increase even faster. What started off as a small credit card debt rapidly becomes a large amount that can seem impossible to pay off.

Now that the credit card debt problem has been explained in a very basic manner, we need the solution to get the problem under control. The key to solving the credit card debt problem is to stop the cycle! As hard as this idea may seem and as impossible as it might appear to be, it can be accomplished. Once you are able to stop the cycle, you will be able to stop your credit card debt problem and begin on your journey to financial freedom.