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Next Steps...Snowball or UTL?

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Next Steps...Snowball or UTL?

Hi All, 

New to this form.  Been reading and learning so much and have decided to reachout to my specific scenario to seek guidance of best path to get out of this hole.  After having been fired in Jan 2019 for the first time in 25 years of working, the last few months wife and I have really focused on our debt.  I found a job to just get income flowing in again and while not nearly what I was paying before, realized that changes needed to be made. We have eliminated all use of credit card, have a $1k emergency fund, and moved back in with in-laws until we can figure out next steps.  

I found the Vertex spreadsheet few months ago and with what I've been learning here, I added the UTL data on to it.  

Now I guess the question is what's next? 

I've tired to include all the relevant data from reading other similar questions and replies.  Much appreciated! 

 


Actually trying to share a screenshot of the Vertex worksheet but don't have a picture icon to add it.  I'm using Chrome on a desktop PC.  Any thoughts? 

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Anonymous
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Re: Next Steps...Snowball or UTL?

Sorry. Re=posted in more appropriate group. 

 

Unless you know about the picture issue Smiley Happy

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Anonymous
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Re: Next Steps...Snowball or UTL?

Picture icon will appear after you have worn off that shiny new account smell.  More posts and time before it appears.  You can always drop it on imgur.com and link here until then.

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Anonymous
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Re: Next Steps...Snowball or UTL?

Awesome.  I was thinking that may have been the case but then saw a post completely off topic with a bunch of dog pictures....

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Anonymous
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What's the best step to take next

Hi All, 

 

Really been reading into this community and learning a lot in the last few days.  For various reasons, including a lower paying job, we've 100% locked down our CC use.

 

Now at a stage where it's full blown attack mode and after spending time on here learning about utilization, i'm wondering what is best. 

 

Since I can't post a picture of the amazing Vertex worksheet (that I now added columns for UTL data!) quite yet since I'm a new member, I'm going to type it out. 

 

Total Debit- $67.3k   

 

Chase Southwest- $4.0          @ 18.24%           $28k CL       14.3% UTL

Chase Slate -          $ 3.2k      @ 17.24%            $8.2k CL       39.2% UTL 

Chase Amazon-    $6.3k        @ 15.49%             $12.3k CL    51.6% UTL

BofA Visa -            $17.9k      @ 0% till 10/19    $19.8 CL      90.7%UTL

BofA  MC  -            $9.9k        @ 0% till 9/19      $17.5CL       56.8% UTL

Capital One -         $7.7k        @ 0% till  9/19     $9k CL          86.6% UTL

AX Magnet-          $6.7k         @ 0% till 10/19   $10k CL        66.8% UTL

US Bank-               $ 6.6k        @ 0% till 6/20     $10k CL        66.1% UTL

Wells Fargo-         $2.7k         @ 0% till 1/20     $3.5k CL      67.9% UTL 

Citi Preferred -     $ 2.0k         @ 0% till 4/20    $3.0k CL      67.8% UTL 

 

Cards with zero balance

Discover - $9k CL 

Amex ED- $11k CL 

Barclay - $10k CL 

 

With me now working 2 jobs and wife pulling income in, downsizing (one car), cutting expenses (including rent) we can throw about $2300 min a month at this total. 

 

Really look forward to the input! 

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Remedios
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Re: What's the best step to take next

Leave the cards with 0% apr alone for now. 

That leaves you with 

  1. Chase Southwest- $4.0          @ 18.24%           $28k CL       14.3% UTL
  2. Chase Slate -          $ 3.2k      @ 17.24%            $8.2k CL       39.2% UTL 
  3. Chase Amazon-    $6.3k        @ 15.49%             $12.3k CL    51.6% UTL

You could try snowball method, by paying off lowest balance card. The only true advantage to that approach is psychological, for some people it works seeing balances go down to $0.00. 

 

The other approach would be to tackle ones with highest APR first, saving yourself some money. 

 

Third approach would be going for cards with highest utilization to improve scoring, but that wont work for you, as you'll still have maxed or near maxed cards. 

 

My other concern would be the next batch of cards 

 

  1. BofA Visa -            $17.9k      @ 0% till 10/19    $19.8 CL      90.7%UTL
  2. BofA  MC  -            $9.9k        @ 0% till 9/19      $17.5CL       56.8% UTL
  3. Capital One -         $7.7k        @ 0% till  9/19     $9k CL          86.6% UTL
  4. AX Magnet-          $6.7k         @ 0% till 10/19   $10k CL        66.8% UTL

While you're paying cards already incurring interest, those will be out of 0% apr. 

 

You have a lot of CC debt. Even with $2300 per month, it's going to take a long time. 

 

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Anonymous
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Re: What's the best step to take next

Thanks for the reply Remedios!

 

The biggest challange for me right now is definitely the next batch of cards coming up.  The BT offers have really dried up since end of 2018 and realzing that may have to do with the UTL % on some.  

 

That $2300 is after minimums paid.

 

Hope would be to move the upcoming 0 APR to zero balance cards, but not to go over UTL of 68.9%.  

 

 

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tcbofade
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Re: What's the best step to take next

It looks like you only have two accounts OVER 68.9% utilization right now...

 

Get those two paid down, and your scores will improve, perhaps putting another zero percent offer on the horizon....  Smiley Happy

04/01/24 Fico 8: EX 763, EQ 799, TU 783.
Fico 9: EX 756 03/13/24, EQ 790 02/04/24, TU No idea.

Zero percent financing is where the devil lives...
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Anonymous
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Re: What's the best step to take next

Yay! I can add photos now.  Here's a breakdown of what I'm working with. 

 

I tried some CLI on Amex and BofA cards to help UTL % but was denied. 

 

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Anonymous
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Re: What's the best step to take next

You really need to adjust your targets.  60% or whatever the calculation is won't work well for scoring.  At most you want to be under 49% and ideally under 9% for the most bang for your buck on scores.  The BT offers come in when you're not looking like you have 90% use on a single card.

 

Looking at things you want to work your way down from the highest APR to save $$$$ on interest.  

 

Maybe add a column of when each 0% period expires as well to sort by that so you know when you're about to get hit with the reguiar APR.

 

It might be a good idea to pursue a personal loan as well to get things under control and simplify the payments into a single payment and then just use 1 card for daily expenses and PIF every month.  Treat that card as a debit card when it comes to spending.  If you don't have the $ for something to be paid immediately then don't use the card.

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