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Since the new year has come, I have gotten a TON of emails from readers asking a lot of different financial questions… it’s just that time of year when people are trying to start fresh and work to really get their finances in order.
One question that I have actually been asked repeatedly over the last few weeks is: “How do you feel about credit card balance transfers?”
I have never really had this question asked before, but for some reason, it’s popped up at least a dozen times in the last month. So, when a question like that pops up enough, I decide it’s time to do a post on it!
What IS a Credit Card Balance Transfer?
In short, if you have multiple credit cards with high balances on them (and probably high interest), a credit card balance transfer is where you transfer all of those high balances from other credit cards to one credit card with one interest rate. So, essentially you’re eliminating having multiple credit cards with high interest rates, etc. This is, of course, the short version.
So SHOULD You Do a Credit Card Balance Transfer?
The truth is, it’s not like a credit card balance transfer is the WORST thing you can do, but the biggest advice I have is that I don’t want you to think that by doing a credit card balance transfer, that you are actually accomplishing in regards to tackling your debt. In fact, more often than not, you’re just delaying the process and procrastinating what you actually need to do.
If you ARE going to do a balance transfer, make sure…
What about you? What’s your experience with this? Thoughts? Questions? Leave them in the comments below!