With the recession in full swing, more and more people are realizing that their spending habits with credit card usage have gotten out of control. As a result, they are finding it harder to meet the monthly payments of the essentials, such as the mortgage payment and the payment on the family car. The bulk of a payment on a credit card goes towards the interest charged by the company on the outstanding balance. If this balance is high, then you will find that it doesn’t decrease very much from month to month because of the high rate of interest.
Getting a part time job is one of the ways you can have the extra money you need to make the payments on your credit card each month and even have some additional money to make a higher payment, which will help to reduce your debt load. Paying more than the minimum payment will help you pay off the outstanding balance and eventually owe nothing on the credit card.
When you consider the possibilities of getting a part time job for this reason, you do have to look at the opportunities available in your area. If you live in a large city, you will undoubtedly have more opportunities than those living in a rural area. You also have to consider your level of commitment and your availability for such a job. Those with a full time job and a family will definitely find it more demanding to be out of the home for an additional period of time, especially if they have to pay for child care for this time.
That being said, there are different types of part time jobs you can consider. These include serving gas, stocking the shelves of a grocery store or babysitting for neighbours who work at hours different from yours. This latter job enables you to stay at home with your family and still make extra money. If you have a talent for writing, there are numerous opportunities for you to make money online with little or no initial investment. In this way, you can take an hour or so a day and still realize a tidy income each month.
Even though you have additional money each month from a part time job, you do have to make a concerted effort to pay this on your credit card each month. Instead of looking at it as extra money that you can use when another need arises, pay whatever you earn on the credit card. You will be surprised to find how quickly the balance will start to decrease. In addition to reducing the balance, you also save money in the amount of interest that you have to pay each month so that more of your payment goes towards paying what you owe.