Crush your credit card holiday debt with these 5 clever hacks

Ben Tosi   |   16 Jan 2018

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It’s no real secret that, between costly Christmas gifts and pricey New Years plans, Aussie credit cards work up quite the sweat over the holiday season.

In fact, late last year Mozo predicted that, once the smoke cleared in the new year, the average credit cardholder would end the festive period with a $3,700 credit card bill.

But not to worry, if you’re determined to conquer your credit card debt early in 2018, we have 5 money-saving hacks that will have you feeling financially free again in no time.


1. Carry cash

Aussies have certainly taken to the contactless revolution, but despite there being a bunch of novel ways to pay, there is arguably nothing more powerful for the frugally-minded than cash.

Playing on our possessive habits, parting with a $5 note on the morning coffee run is a lot harder than simply tapping your card or phone (or watch) and could help you cut your costs, meaning one thing - more money for credit card repayments.

The added benefit of stocking your wallet full of cash and banishing plastic for a little while is that you’ll become a whole lot less likely to get yourself any further into credit card debt, so consider sticking to a cash budget until your credit card debt dissipates.


2. Remove your credit card details from online shopping portals

Online shopping is convenient, at times, too convenient.

While auto-saved payment information might have been a real time-saver during the Chrissy shopping haul, now that you’re trying to avoid unnecessary expenditure it is a good idea to delete your pre-saved payment details for your favourite online retailers.

Forcing you to physically reach for your plastic might force you to think twice about whether those new shoes or sunnies are worth the extra few weeks or months it will take to pay off your credit card debt.


3. Start a side hustle

If your budget is tightly balanced, generating another avenue of income is a great option to get on top of your credit card debt and doesn’t necessarily mean you need to dive into your own business.

Nowadays, you can earn extra cash doing a range of little jobs - whether it be driving for Uber or filling in surveys online - and the best news is that, as this is a totally new stream of money, it can be used solely to pay off credit card debt without having to rejig your budget.


4. Consider a debt consolidation loan

Maybe you were a little too generous with the family’s Christmas gifts last year, or bought a few too many mojitos at the holiday resort bar and now you’ve gotten yourself into a real plastic pickle.

If this is the case, consider ditching credit cards altogether and opting to consolidate your debt into a personal loan. By doing this, you’ll only have one repayment to make each month (compared to the two or three cards you’re juggling balances on at the moment) and will often be rewarded with cheaper rates than the standard credit card.

Check out a range of options to consolidate your credit card debt using Mozo’s debt consolidation comparison table and find out what your repayments would look like with our personal loan repayment calculator.


5. Blast debt with a balance transfer credit card

Avoiding interest charges for as long as 18 or even 26 months might seem too good to be true, but it isn’t.

If you’re after some breathing room to attack the your credit card’s principal balance without having to worry about any ongoing interest charges, it is worth looking into a balance transfer credit card with a lengthy interest free period.

Just be sure to pay off the balance in full before the interest free period ends and the pricey revert rate kicks in, and keep an eye out for any balance transfer fees (typically 1-3%) that you might be charged with.

Crush your debt with these balance transfer credit cards - rates updated daily

  • Woolworths Everyday Platinum Credit Card

    0% p.a. for 14 months and then 21.99% p.a.

    19.99% p.a.

    $49 $0 in the first year

    10% off your 1st Woolworths shop on selected dates once a month. No annual fee for the first year.

    • 0% p.a. for 14 months and then 21.99% p.a.

    • $49 $0 in the first year

    • 19.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 21.99% p.a.

    • 3%, minimum $5

    • Woolworths Money Shopping Card sent every 4 months if enough points have been accrued.

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  • American Express Velocity Escape Card

    0% p.a. for 12 months and then 20.74% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    20.74% p.a.

    $0

    No Annual Fees and receive 0% p.a. on balance transfers for the first 12 months

    • 0% p.a. for 12 months and then 20.74% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    • $0

    • 20.74% p.a.

    • 55

    • Points automatically transferred to your Velocity account

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  • Suncorp Clear Options Platinum

    0% p.a. for 18 months and then 21.99% p.a.

    20.74% p.a.

    $178

    0% p.a. for 18 months on balance transfers & up to 60,000 Bonus Reward Points when you spend $1,500 each month using a Suncorp Clear Options Platinum Credit Card for six months from card approval (T&Cs apply)

    • 0% p.a. for 18 months and then 21.99% p.a.

    • $178

    • 20.74% p.a.

    • 55

    • 21.99% p.a.

    • 3.50%, min $3.50

    • Points are automatically credited to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.

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  • Bankwest Breeze Platinum Mastercard

    0% p.a. for 13 months and then 12.99% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)

    0% p.a. for 13 months then 12.99% p.a.

    $99

    Complimentary international travel insurance for yourself and your family when you purchase return tickets

    • 0% p.a. for 13 months and then 12.99% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)

    • $99

    • 0% p.a. for 13 months then 12.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 21.99% p.a.

    • 2%, Min $4.00

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  • American Express Explorer® Credit Card

    0% p.a. for 12 months and then 20.74% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    20.74% p.a.

    $395

    Receive 50,000 Membership Rewards® Points (T&Cs apply). Also receive $400 Travel Credit each year.

    • 0% p.a. for 12 months and then 20.74% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    • $395

    • 20.74% p.a.

    • 55

    • Transfer points to a range of airline programs or redeem your points for travel, gift cards, retail rewards and shopping gift cards.

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