The Infomercial Copycat Method of Debt Reduction
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This method of debt reduction is not some extravagant new idea nor is it miracle work. It employs the same tactics that businesses use to make you more likely to spend money.
The essence of how it works is that it builds the psychological momentum and confidence that many consumers lack when they are reluctant to repay their loans. This method of debt repayment mimics the process that a customer undergoes to buy a product often seen in an infomercial.
The common strategies are:
- Breaking into multiple payments. You always hear, “Get this for only 4 easy payments of $19.99″. They don’t want you to see what you are actually paying. The whole point is tricking you into not knowing how much you’ll end up spending. The total payment of $80 plus taxes and shipping will not show up anywhere in your bills.
- Create the illusion of a smaller amount through the use of many “9”s. Seeing a smaller first digit just makes the number look smaller. The difference between $20.01 and $19.99 may only be two pennies, but people feel much more comfortable with paying $19.99, psychologically.
- Create the illusion of a smaller amount through the use of fewer digits. This is very much like the tactic above. It works on the premise that fewer numbers means less money. Once again, it makes a customer feel that paying $999 a less overwhelming than $1,000.
The Infomercial Copycat
- Take the balance of your current credit card statement and divide it by the maximum number of online payments per billing cycle that is allowed by your credit card company.
- Round up to the nearest $10 if your statement balance is less than $400. Round up to the nearest $100 if your statement balance is $400 or more.
- If your mini-payment is $100 or less, subtract $0.01 from that amount. If your mini-payment is more than $100, subtract $1 from that amount.
- Divide the calendar month by the number of maximum payments per billing cycle. This gives you the days on which you will make the mini-payments.
- Set up reminders and make the payments as scheduled.
Here is an example of how the Infomercial Copycat should look like:
Why It Works
Besides being a financial burden, debt also has a major psychological impact. The Infomercial Copycat changes nothing about your financial situation but it will do wonders for your morale. You will feel like debt has less of a strangle on you. When you do something and it doesn’t feel too bad after you do it, you are less afraid of it the next time. This is the drive and momentum that this method is trying to instill.
If you look once again at the image at the top of this article, it is more comforting to see your debt as four parts of $49.99 each than a whole $200. If you agree with the previous statement, then you should definitely give the Infomercial Copycat method of debt reduction a try. I know it will work because I use it!
I suggest everyone to use this method except for those who are truly unable to make the mini-payments as scheduled. Because it requires that you stick to the schedule and not miss a mini-payment after the first one. It is, without a doubt, a more tedious method of debt repayment but you will feel the relief when that bill is paid.
So, no matter who you are, as long as you have credit card debt, you can give it a try. Let me know whether or not it has worked for you.