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Alternate options to pay down credit cards
Some people dont have the available equity in their home to get cash out to pay off their credit card balances An alternative option may be to use a Pay Option ARM When you make the minimum payments it will drastically increase your monthly cash flow You can use that additional cash to pay off your credit card balance

An interest only loan or a 3 or 5 year ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgage) may also help to maximize your monthly cash flow By being able to obtain a much lower rate or by switching to an interest only mortgage, this will free up money from your housing expenses that you will be able to use for paying off those much higher rate credit cards

Destroying your credit cards, so they cannot be used, may sound strange, but is an excellent way to help pay them off

If you decide to refinance into a loan that will allow you to pay off your credit cards faster, you will more than likely be able to skip a month of your mortgage payment Use the money saved from making that payment, and apply it to one of your credit cards

Remember that once the credit cards are payed down or destroyed to not close out the account This will help your credit score in the long run The credit bureaus like to see accounts with a zero balance that have been open for a long period of time

Consolidation of credit card debt should be considered only a "band-aid" If you continue to use your cards, you will need to repeat this scenario time after time Should your home not appreciate in price as quickly as in the past, you may not be able to do another consolidation down the road The permanent fix is to spend within your budget and use cards wisely


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