I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you’re carrying a balance on your credit card, the first thing you should do is call your credit card and negotiate your APR down. It doesn’t always work, but when it does, you can save a ton of money.
I include a call script in Chapters 1 and 2 of my book to do this.
Aaron T. writes:
I was fortunate enough to come out of school with no student loans, but do have $4364.11 in credit card debt over 2 cards. One is $999.03 and the other is 3,365.08. I just started reading your book yesterday, today I called the card with the higher balance to lower my APR from 19.99%. I have had this card for almost 4 years. My Mom had been paying the minimum for a year or so, but since I became full time I took over any other bills my parents were paying. I have paid $200 the last 3 months and my minimum payment is around $89.
Anyways, I just called and asked, (I had to do no negotiating really, I just followed the script you have in your book) and I got my APR lowered from 19.99% to 14.24%, effective immediately.
Basically, the $13.95 my girlfriend paid for your book will more than pay for itself by the time I get my next bill.
See for yourself with full-chapter excerpts of my book.