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Tips for controlling credit card debt

South Carolina residents who are not paid on a regular basis might struggle to keep up with their credit card bills. However, there are strategies they can use to keep from getting overwhelmed by debt. Freelancers and other people who do not receive a regular paycheck should build a bigger emergency fund than people who are paid regularly.

Curbing spending is something people can work on regardless of how reliably they are paid. One financial adviser says that people should leave their credit cards at home. This makes impulse spending using the card impossible, and if people see something they really need, they can go and get the card, return to the store, and purchase the item.

Reviewing credit card bills and examining what was purchased can also help reduce spending. Often, a review like this will reveal that the expenditure was unnecessary. High credit card debt can also hurt people's credit score, so even if they are able to keep up with the payments, it is better to keep the debt down. It is wise to try to avoid buying anything that cannot be paid for with cash.

Unfortunately, people may fall into credit card debt for a number of reasons that are not due to budgeting poorly. For example, unemployment or medical debt may result in serious financial problems for even the most responsible people. People who are struggling to keep up with their debt may want to consider filing for bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy can put an immediate end to stresses such as creditor harassment. There are a number of myths about bankruptcy, and an attorney may be able to dispel many of them. In many cases, bankruptcy can represent a responsible decision for a person's future.

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