Christmas is over for another year, and with the retail sector feeling the pinch as a result of the credit crunch, sales will no doubt have been hit as a result of the economic slowdown.
Despite the slowdown, consumers still flocked to the high street on the days following Christmas Day, with statistics from one market research firm showing that the number of Britons shopping on the high street grew by 12.8% from the 22nd December onwards.
Of these consumers, many of which would have made use of interest free credit cards in order to prepare for the holiday season. Indeed, credit card use is usually at its most numerous around Christmas time as many of us look to spread payments in order to be able to afford those expensive gifts.
However, many will no doubt still be paying off credit card bills from the previous year, and risk getting themselves into more debt over this period. By analysing your finances for the New Year and seeking to pay off your credit card as soon as you can, you can help yourself and your credit rating by taking steps to clear the debt.
Clearing your credit cards should be top of your priorities for the New Year. Try and pay a little bit more than the monthly payment each month, or even pay off the balance in full if you’re able to. Not only will this help to ease the financial burden, but also look good on your credit rating, which could have a positive impact on any future borrowing opportunities that you may wish to explore in 2009.Tags: credit card, credit cards, interest free credit cards