Six ways to pay off your credit card.
If only it was as easy to clear your credit card balance as it was to spend it! Here’s some ways to get that balance to zero.
Getting that card balance to zero.
Although it would be nice, it’s not always possible to pay off your credit card balance in full each month. Here’s 6 ways to pay it off:
1. Leave your credit card at home
It can be difficult to pay off your credit card balance if you're still spending on the credit card balance. If you want to focus on reducing your balance, trying not to use the card can make it easier.
2. Pay more than the minimum
Meeting your minimum credit card repayments on time will help prevent you from being charged penalties. However, if you are only paying the minimum repayment it will take longer to clear the credit card balance. The higher the repayment, the faster balance will be cleared and the less interest you will pay in total.
3. Spend less
Spending less should mean you have more money to pay your balance off faster. By using a budget calculator, you can identify areas where you might be overspending, and how much you might be able to increase your repayments by.
4. Automating repayments
Pay your credit card bill without thinking about it. Both Direct Debit and Automatic Payments can make it simpler to manage your money, pay your credit card on time and help avoid late payment fees. If you have managed to save by reducing your spend or bills in other areas you can always make a manual payment to reduce your balance further.
5. A balance transfer
This is a way to consolidate outstanding balances on hire purchases, store cards, another bank's credit card or a personal loan to a Westpac credit card. Balance transfers1 give you a special low interest rate period to help you pay off the balance(s) transferred to the credit card – offers and conditions vary. Moving all of your debts in one place means you make one regular payment.
6. A loan
This gives you the ability to consolidate multiple debts into one loan and have one regular payment. Like a balance transfer, you can consolidate store cards, hire purchase, personal loans and credit cards. However, there are some key differences. With a personal loan, banks will often allow you to consolidate personal loans and credit cards that are already held with them (often not the case with a balance transfer), there’s no access to an open line of credit and you have a fixed end date. With Westpac there’s no early repayment penalty on a debt consolidation loan, allowing you to pay more than your agreed loan repayment and pay off of your balance faster.
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Find out how to consolidate outstanding balances from hire purchase, store cards or another bank’s credit card to a Westpac credit card1.
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Things you should know.
1 Balance Transfer Terms and Conditions and lending criteria apply. All applications are subject to Westpac approval. You cannot transfer a balance from a Westpac card or loan. Payments made to your Westpac credit card will first be applied to charges and interest accrued, then to cash advances and purchases, followed by balance transfers. All new purchases, cash advances and any unpaid interest or fees will incur interest at the standard interest rate in accordance with the card's Conditions of Use. You can transfer up to 95% of your available credit card limit. Your card must remain within its credit limit after the balance has been transferred. Balances cannot be transferred to a Mastercard® BusinessCard/Purchasing Card. Balance transfers do not earn Airpoints Dollars™ or hotpoints®. You must close any facilities indicated in this application as being repaid by the balance transfer.
Credit Cards: Eligibility criteria, Lending criteria, terms and conditions apply. Conditions of Use for the applicable card apply. Rates, transaction and services fees apply. Overseas cash advances and foreign currency fees may apply.
Personal Loans: Westpac’s eligibility criteria, lending criteria, terms and conditions apply. An establishment fee of $100 may apply. You’ll need to be 18 or older and a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. If you’re not a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident but you’re working in New Zealand, or you don’t meet the other criteria, we still may be able to help.
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