08-14-2013 02:05 PM
Okay, I need some advice on how do I best pay off three of my high limit credit cards! One is capitol one, $7500 limit, 0%, two navy Feds , $6k @ 10.99%, and $10k @ 7.9%. Minimum payments are $74, $188, and $115.
Since your balances are relatively close (within 3k of each other), perhaps paying at least the minimum due (plus extra to cover the interest ) and then using the extra money to pay more on the card with the highest interest) might make a noticable difference?
For me, it was discouraging to make a payment just to see the interest gobble it up (3 steps forward and at least 1 back). In my case, for the cards with low balances that I can pay down to, or maintain, at least 9% utilization each month works. Then paying extra toward the higher interest cards helps.
Recently I found a pretty decent free snowball calculator on the vertex42 website.
Good luck and please post your progress.
08-14-2013 04:40 PM
It really doesn't matter. Just pick one and pay pay pay
08-14-2013 05:49 PM
08-14-2013 06:08 PM
08-14-2013 07:35 PM
Here is a FREE online snowball calculator. You just enter your information and they give you all sorts of variations to pay your debt off. I use it and I really love it because it lets me see how much interest I will pay running different what-if scenarios. I think you should try it OP so that you can better understand your situation.
08-15-2013 01:07 PM
08-15-2013 04:02 PM
Everyone has their own method ... Some prefer the snowball ignoring the interest you are paying on the other cards. Some prefer to pay off the highest interest regardless of balances. You have to pick what is right for you. But the best way to pay it off is to cut back on all unneeded spending and pay as much as you possibly can. I know exactly where you are coming from my balance on my NFCU card in march of last year was maxed to $20,000 my psecu card had $2,954.60 and my alliant card had $2,459.03 and after good bonuses , promotions and raises. As of today there is only 500.00 left on the NFCU card and by the end of the month that will be done! Just keep focused and do a budget. You got this!
08-15-2013 05:06 PM