How To Combine Credit Cards Into One With Lower Interest

by Lisa McQuerrey
One card can be easier to manage than several.

If you have several high-interest credit cards it might be smart to merge your debt and move it onto a lower-interest card. You pay less over the long run and consolidation can help you pay off debt faster. It also has the potential to protect your credit rating because you'll be less likely to miss, skip or be late on payments, which can have a bad effect on your credit score.

Go Low

Look into available low-interest credit cards and compare their terms. Keep in mind that some cards carry an low introductory interest rate but quickly move to a higher rate, which could put you back where you started.

Look for a card that doesn't charge a fee to transfer the balances of cards with higher rates. Paying a transfer fee could cost you just as much, if not more, than what you were paying before on individual high-interest cards.

Seek a card offering a high enough credit limit that you can consolidate all your other cards into a single account. If you can only transfer part of your balance you'll still face the issue of having several cards with various interest rates, which might not make sense.

Transfer the balances of the higher-rate cards to your new low-interest card once you've been approved. The card company may give you the option of transferring your balances using checks or electronic transfers.

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