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Your Balance Transfer Checklist: Before & After

on 3/13/2024

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Credit card debt has a way of sneaking up on you. Before you know it, the balances can become a financial burden and a challenge to pay off. This is especially true if you’re managing multiple cards with different balances, payment amounts, and due dates.

Finding the right tools to alleviate debt is an essential step on your path to financial freedom. One solution that can help you in your journey is called a balance transfer. Balance transfers enable you to streamline your financial obligations into one solution – providing immediate financial savings and stress relief. 

If you’re committed to freeing yourself of credit card debt, follow the steps outlined below to make the process quick, easy, and rewarding. 

How a Balance Transfer Can Help You Save 

A balance transfer allows you to move your current credit card balance(s) from one or more cards to a new one, ideally with a much lower interest rate. Balance transfers are useful financial tools that help you consolidate credit card debt into a single, more manageable payment. This way, you only have one credit card balance at one interest rate with one monthly payment and due date - rather than juggling multiple. 

When you transfer high-interest balances to a lower-rate card, you’ll instantly reduce how much you pay in interest monthly. That’s money you can now put directly toward your principal balance – helping you to reduce debt much faster.

Checklist: Before Your Balance Transfer

Follow these steps before applying for a balance transfer to ensure you are prepared for the process and ready to secure the best offer.

1. Check Your Credit: A crucial component of a balance transfer is to take advantage of a new credit card with a lower interest rate. To ensure you qualify for the best rate possible, review your credit before applying. If there are any errors in your report, file a dispute with the credit bureaus to have them removed. 

2. Make a List: Go through your current credit cards and add each one to a list, along with their outstanding balances. Locating your most recent account statement for each card will simplify the process.

3. Compare Offers: Shop around for balance transfer offers and compare to make sure you get the best deal. Many creditors will offer promotional incentives, but always read the fine print. Lots of offers come with costly balance transfer fees that can outweigh the immediate savings. At the credit union, our balance transfers are designed to help you get back on the right financial track quickly and never with a balance transfer fee.  

4. Apply for a Transfer: Once you know your current credit standing and have found the best offer, you’re ready to apply for your balance transfer. The application process is simple and efficient. 

Checklist: After Your Balance Transfer

Congratulations! Now that your balance transfer is in motion, you are officially on the path to financial freedom. But what happens next? Follow these steps to ensure you use the balance transfer effectively to regain control of your finances. 

1. Create a Plan: Establish a repayment plan and stick with it. Now that you’ve secured a lower interest rate and consolidated your credit card debt, it will be much easier to prioritize paying it off once and for all. Commit to paying off your credit card debt as quickly as possible so you can enjoy your newfound financial freedom. 

2. Set Up Autopay: Take advantage of automatic payments to ensure you never miss another payment or incur late fees. You can also use a credit card payoff calculator to help determine how much you need to pay monthly to be debt-free by a specific goal date.

3. Make It Work: Make your balance transfer work for you by taking full advantage of the special promotions and introductory offers. If you received a limited-time low-rate APR, commit to paying off your balance by the time the promotional period ends so you can save substantially on interest payments. If your balance transfer credit card earns rewards, you may be able to use those to help you pay down your debt faster. Just remember to read the fine print on any promotional offer to ensure you understand any restrictions, requirements, or possible fees.

We’re Here to Help!

Eliminating credit card debt can be challenging, but we are here to support you every step of the way. We want to help you achieve your financial goals and are happy to provide one-on-one financial guidance. 

If you want to know more about balance transfers or other debt consolidation solutions, we’re ready to help. Please stop by any of our convenient branch locations or call 248-322-9800 extension 5. 


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