Many people put holiday purchases on credit cards . Usually, credit card interest is high, and once those balances start climbing, so does the monthly payment. While you think you might be able to handle the credit card debt, you may have an emergency crop up that either sends the credit card balance up to the limit, or, if you pay cash for the emergency, you wipe out money that would have been used for credit card payments .
If you find yourself in a position where you cannot make even the minimum payment, get professional debt relief help. You could consolidate credit card debt, taxes that are due in the upcoming months and other outstanding debts.
One payment at a lower interest is beneficial to your pocket — you wipe out high credit card interest; and you can get your credit card debt under control by keeping only one card for emergencies. Should you owe taxes that you think you may not be able to pay on time, you will incur hefty fees and/or interest. Consolidate your tax debt into one payment with your credit card debt to avoid paying governmental agencies hefty interest rates and fines.
Keep in mind that if you pay only the minimum due on the credit cards, you are paying very little on the principal — the original amount you borrowed. I will take years to pay off a small amount. Even if you are able to pay the minimum, a debt consolidation program may benefit you.