Should I reduce my credit limit?
Depending on the situation you’re in, reducing your credit limit could either limit your spending power or help you take control of your finances. If you find yourself struggling to repay your balance each month and want to limit your temptation to spend, you can use this guide to find out how you can reduce your credit limit with most Australian credit card issuers.
Unless you agree to receive credit limit increase invitations, the power to raise or lower your credit limit is up to you. If you’re unsure whether you should lower your credit limit, read on to learn some of the main reasons cardholders lower theirs:
Main reasons why people reduce their credit limit
- Reduce your credit limit to pay off your credit card. If you’ve maxed out your credit card in the past or find it hard to stick to a budget, you can curb the temptation to spend by reducing your credit limit as you pay off your credit card.
- Increase your borrowing power on other loans. Reducing your credit limit on one credit card could mean you’re eligible for a higher credit limit on another credit card or a mortgage. Consider where the higher credit limit will be more useful and base your decision on that.
- Consider your planned purchases. If you’re considering lowering your credit limit, it’s also important to factor in whether you have any planned purchases coming up. Even if you want to lower your credit limit, you’ll want to make sure it doesn’t completely limit your spending power, especially if you use the card for emergencies or have a high-ticket purchase coming up.
Steps to reduce your credit limit
- Contact your bank provider (via phone or local branch).
- Request the credit limit decrease
- Your credit limit will be updated within 24-48 hours
How to reduce your credit limit
You can use the contact details below to request a credit limit decrease:
|American Express||Number on the back of your card.|
|ANZ||13 22 73|
|Bankwest||13 17 19|
|Bank of Melbourne||13 22 66|
|Bank of Queensland||1300 55 72 72|
|BankSA||1300 784 934|
|Citi||13 24 84|
|Commonwealth Bank||13 22 21|
|HSBC||132 1521300 301 168 (HSBC Premier)|
|Latitude Financial Services||1300 552 079|
|NAB||13 22 65|
|St.George||1300 784 934|
|Westpac||1300 130 961|
If I reduce my credit limit now, can I apply for a higher credit limit later?
Yes, you can but most Australian financial institutions limit you to one application for a credit limit increase every six months. Please note that you’ll need to go through a credit check each time you apply for a credit limit increase.
The other option is to complete and send in a credit limit increase/decrease application form. You can find this document on your credit card provider’s website.
Reducing your credit limit can be an alternative to cutting up the card. Keep in mind you can only apply for a credit limit increase every six months with most cards so make sure you don’t need the money before you make the call to lower your limit – it may be a while before you can raise your limit again.Back to top