5 Ways To Reset Your Credit Card Habits

Posted on January 18, 2017 by Guy Atkinson

You may have started using your credit cards before you really knew what it meant to have them. It’s an extremely common story, and one that ends by people being in a ridiculous amount of debt, struggling against huge interest rates, and living with no end in sight in terms of financial relief. But, you can do things to work back into the financially responsible fold.


There are ways to get new cards, work on budgets, pay attention to credit scores, go cash-only for a bit, and talk to people with good financial habits, and then going through those actions, making yourself a better person by resetting your own habits.

Getting a New Card

First, there are ways to get a new credit card so that you can move the balance off of an old card to reset your interest rate issues. By getting this new card, even by having that bad credit sitting in the background like a monkey on your shoulders, you can begin chipping away at the principle rather than just paying for the interest over and over again.

Budgeting First

Before you try and do too much resetting financially, you need to build a practical budget for yourself. This needs to include all of your income and expense data, as well as links to all of your financial institutions and places that you have loans taken out. The more complete your budgeting data, the easier it will be for you to take action steps every month to trim the financial fat.

Paying Attention to Credit Scores

One way to gauge if you’re succeeding in your efforts to improve your credit presence is by paying attention to your credit score. At least once a year, you should check and make sure you know what your number is, and you should look through your transactions to make sure that there aren’t any errors in the reporting. It’s not uncommon for mistakes to show up upon perusal.

Go Cash-Only For Awhile

Another thing that you can do to help fast-track your credit process is to move into a cash-only way of living for awhile. This will allow you to force yourself to only buy what you can afford, and you may find that your credit issues were simply stemming from the fact that you didn’t have a good grasp on your personal cash flow issues.

Talk To People With Good Habits

People with good financial habits are almost always willing to talk to folks to tell them how they’ve succeeded in their personal goals. In fact, a lot of the financial bestselling books are just personal stories like this. Usually the steps are simple, but just take some grit and an intent to sacrifice for the long-term goals set down.

Tip of the Day

Time management for Finance Professionals

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I’ve just re-read Richard Denny’s fantastic book ‘Selling to Win’, in which he mentions a time management technique that I learnt many, many years ago from an old boss of mine.


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