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How to Reduce Credit Card Debt Before Your Retirement Years  

May 31, 2022

It's no secret that it can be hard to avoid debt in today's society. And if you're like most people when they retire, you quickly discover just how difficult it is to try and pay off credit card debt with a fixed income. But if you keep your finances in order before retirement, reducing your credit card debt will make life as a retiree much more manageable. 

Do I need Good Credit When I Retire? 

You may think that you have plenty of time before you retire to reduce your credit card debt and raise your credit score, but the truth is that you need to start paying attention to this now. If you don't start making changes now, problems with your credit score will only become more serious as you get closer to retirement age. 
How to reduce your credit card debt before you retire? 
There are many different strategies for reducing your debt and increasing your credit score before retirement. Some of the most effective strategies include the following: 

1. Practice a Healthy Budget 

It is important that you carefully track your income against all of your expenses. By keeping yourself aware of your spending habits, you will avoid unnecessary purchases and overspending. This can help reduce your debt and make paying off your credit cards more manageable. 

2. Make Extra Credit Card Payments

You can avoid extra charges and interest that would otherwise rack up on your account. And by making extra payments during the year, you will be able to pay off large amounts of debt much more quickly. 

3. Carrying Over a Balance

If you carry over a balance from one month to the next, it will be harder for you to pay off larger amounts of debt since an outstanding balance will only accrue interest charges over time. 

Raising Your Credit After Retirement

Even if you take steps to pay off credit card debt before you retire, raising your credit score and repairing your credit profile takes time. The good news is that there are a few things that you can do to help improve your credit score after even after you’ve stopped working. These include the following: 

1. Get a Secured Loan 

If you can find a lender who will accept a secured loan as collateral for your bank account or something of similar value, this can be an effective way to raise your available credit balance and improve your overall credit rating. You can also do this by finding a co-signer with good credit and a high income. 

2. Keep Credit Cards Active 

 Even after you retire, you will want to keep your current credit card accounts active and in good standing. That way, you can continue to build on any improvements that you have made to your credit during your working years. Just remember that if you do this, it is important that you never carry a balance or make late payments on these accounts. Please review the terms of your account very carefully with your bank before closing it out. 

3. Stay Current on Debt Payments 

 Even if you have retired, you must continue to make regular payments on your credit cards. This will ensure that the balance accrues fewer and fewer interest charges over time. 

What Can Worsen Your Credit Card Debt? 

Even if you are careful not to carry debt or make late payments on your accounts, some things can quickly worsen any credit card debt situation. These include the following: 

1. Increasing Charges

It will be much more difficult to pay off any outstanding balance if you do this without paying off the previous charges. It would help if you never increased your credit card balance unless you have saved up enough money to pay it off; otherwise, it will be much more difficult to clear your debt. 

2. Increase Your Credit Line 

This can be a good idea if you use the card frequently or have a large amount of debt and want to lower interest rates. But if you do this without first paying down the balances on all of your other cards, it can cause major problems in the future. 

3. Don't Make any Payments on a Credit Card 

If you don't pay any of the bills on your credit cards during the early months after retirement, this can seriously hurt your overall scores and prevent you from getting loans. 

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About the Author

Taylor McKnight is a Digital Marketing PR Specialist representing businesses and companies across all niches. Having been brought up in a small town in Mississippi, he grew to love communicating with others from different areas, so much so that he has even traveled internationally and developed ties in Paris and Amsterdam. Other than writing articles, he also has experience and enjoys social media management, video editing, event marketing, and so much more. 

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