NewsA popular way to get rid of Christmas credit card debt
A popular way to get rid of Christmas credit card debt

A popular way to get rid of Christmas credit card debt

The Christmas tree has been packed away and the last of the ham finally eaten – yes, Christmas has come and gone for another year. 

But try telling that to your bank accounts!

This is the time of year when Aussies feel the festive financial stress of having to repay our over-stuffed credit card bill. 

To help FiftyUps who want to pay down their debt, we asked the gurus at for their longest balance transfer offers and you can see them at this link.

Believe it or not, if you meet various terms and conditions there are now credit card providers who will charge you 0% interest on balance transfers for up to 26 months.

A Reserve Bank of Australia analysis found our national average post-Christmas credit card debit is around $1,666 per person, according to

Such is the expense that a recent Sydney Morning Herald survey found the average date most Aussies will finally get clear of their credit card debt is March 10.

Yep – it takes an average of 2.3 months to pay off Christmas. Just 28 per cent of people surveyed said they were in the fortunate position to actually settle their Christmas debt right away.

And it is not just Christmas shopping leaving us with a long lasting financial hangover.

SMH also reports that close to 4 million Australians are set to return from their Christmas vacation facing a collective debt of more than $7.5 billion. That equates to around $180 million in interest to be paid over 2018 by credit card owners. 

To help alleviate the burden of credit card pain, balance transfer offers have stretched to as much as two years and some cardholders use them to consolidate their debts and pay down their balance.

Click here to see 6 balance transfer offers that charge 0% interest on balances for 18 to 26 months


You can read about the pros and cons of balance transfer offers at the ASIC Moneysmart website



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Gertraud from ACT commented:

Balance transfers are hardly a good way to go! Far better to exercise restraint and set a budget for Christmas spending BEFORE the holiday season! And 26 months? There's another Christmas in between, so most people taking up this particular balance transfer will most likely have a much larger debt this time next year! 

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