12-04-2012 09:06 PM
I have one card with a 1.7k balance and $30 minimum payment, and another card with an $80 balance and $40 minimum payment. Am I missing something?
12-04-2012 09:11 PM
12-04-2012 09:12 PM
not sure. ive never had a balnce of more then 2700 dollars but my payments have never been more then 30 a month.
ive seen other peoples though where they have about 8k in debt and their payments were around 140+
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12-04-2012 09:13 PM
I don't believe minimum payment is "calculated" per se, unless you reach a certain high balance. Most minimum payments are $25, though my TD Bank card has one at $35, given that my balance is at or more than that set minimum amount. Otherwise, the minimum payment is your statement balance. At one point I had a relatively high balance on my JCP account (maybe around $500? $600?) where they must have deemed me as a risk and sent a slightly higher $29 payment my way. I always PIF anyways so minimum payments mean little to me. Try reading through the terms and conditions, they may give a method to calculating the minimum payment, but most just state the minimum values. Best of luck!
12-04-2012 09:16 PM - edited 12-04-2012 09:17 PM
Depends on who it is, Chase is $25 or (1% of total balance) + (fees + interest + overlimit amount), whichever is greater.. USAA is same but $30 instead of $25
12-04-2012 09:17 PM - edited 12-04-2012 09:19 PM
Each creditor calculates the min pmts differently. Is the $80 bal on a gas card?
Typically, higher interest rates cause min pmts to increase. Most issues do the higher of 1% of the bal + interest + late fees OR $25 lol
Both cards are regular, i.e. non-store, non-gas, non-secured, cards, and carry a 0% promotional APR. And I am never late on payments.
12-04-2012 09:40 PM
12-05-2012 06:36 PM
It seems to be the consensus that each lender has a different way of calculating minimum payments, but is there a general principle? For example, the maximum number of years it should take to pay off the balance must be under X, or the amount of interest paid must be smaller than Y% of the principal?
12-05-2012 06:44 PM - edited 12-05-2012 06:45 PM
+1. Amex has a min pmt of $35 too and Discover adds like $40 to your min pmt if you have a bt.
This is all true. Minimums are not kind on either of these creditors cards
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