How to Write an Effective Credit Card Debt Reduction Letter

By: J.J. Yong

The existence of credit cards has affected the spending habits of most of the card holders. The card holders who have less self discipline are knee deep in debt due to overspending. In order to rescue this bad financial position, it is a must for you to reduce your debt. However, it is not necessary to look for debt management companies for assistance. You can do it on your own by writing to your creditors.

A credit card debt reduction letter is written with the main purpose of reducing your financial obligation. First thing first, prepare a draft letter. Write to your creditors (your banks or your card providers) to inform them that you intend to settle your debt. In your letter, you are advised to give a brief explanation about your current financial situation. State the reason(s) that you need to request for debt reduction. It may due to losing of job, getting burnt from investment, suffering from sickness, etc.

Next, you should inform your creditors that you are sincere in making repayments but you can only afford to pay at certain amount monthly. Negotiate with your creditors to see whether they agree to reduce your outstanding balances. Besides, tell them your consideration for filing bankruptcy if your request is rejected. At the end of the letter, indicate clearly that you really hope the creditors will accept your payment plan and send you an agreement to confirm your request.

After drafting the letter, you may ask for advice from professional consultant on your content of letter. Finally, type the letter properly, sign on it clearly and post it by registered mail.

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