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2019 stupid finance tricks

tcbofade
Super Contributor

2019 stupid finance tricks

Howdy, howdy all.  Help me think... again.

 

2018 got off to a rough start for me credit wise... kidult got herself into a mess and I bailed her out... it involved some new accounts and some maxed out accounts... as we near the end of 2018, my fico 8 scores are they highest they've ever been and climbing.

 

Credit card debt is NOT zero, but it IS under control and going down every month.  I'm still carrying roughly $19k in CC debt, and roughly half is at zero percent interest.

 

DW is still carrying quite a bit of CC debt.  ($50k ish)  She's got some average cards, some excellent low rate cards, and some zero percent deals going.

 

I'd like to spend 2019 moving that debt from HER name to mine so that she would be able to refinance the mortgage early in 2020.  (Her credit is flawless, but her DTI sucks!)

 

Currently, I've got a 714 EX Fico 8 and a 724 TU Fico 8 and I expect both to improve a bit over the next few days.  (Only two CC's reporting over 49% utilization, both have been paid down, one cut it's new statement on Monday, the other will cut this evening...)

 

A personal loan at 11% (local CU) for $25k would pay off her two highest balance/highest rate cards and nearly the third.

 

I'm preapproved for a 2nd Discover IT  (with zero percent on BTs for 18 months) and for Amex Everyday (with zero percent BTs for 15 months.)

 

Assuming a $10k ish starting line on both, that would move roughly $45k out of her name into mine, AND save us several hundred dollars a month.

 

I'd leave her zero percent deals alone and we'll pay them off over the course of 2019.

 

We're stable in our marriage, I'm not concerned with how much debt is in which name, but the mortgage is in her name only and therefore, only HER income will figure into DTI calculations.

 

Your thoughts?

 

Please and thank you.

 

 

07/01/21 Fico 8: EX 734, EQ 756, TU 756.
07/03/21 Fico 9: EX 734, EQ 737, TU No idea.

Zero percent financing is where the devil lives...
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Remedios
Moderator

Re: 2019 stupid finance tricks

Are you going to apply for cards first to see how much of a loan you're going to need, or the other way around?
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tcbofade
Super Contributor

Re: 2019 stupid finance tricks

I'm planning to apply for the loan first... as I believe that the CU would frown about the CC applications more than Discover/Amex would complain about the CU application...

07/01/21 Fico 8: EX 734, EQ 756, TU 756.
07/03/21 Fico 9: EX 734, EQ 737, TU No idea.

Zero percent financing is where the devil lives...
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Remedios
Moderator

Re: 2019 stupid finance tricks

Depending on your timing, CU would not even know about amex app for 60 days.
Would it make sense to apply for that one first and see what kind of SL they offer you?

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tcbofade
Super Contributor

Re: 2019 stupid finance tricks


@Remedios wrote:
Depending on your timing, CU would not even know about amex app for 60 days.
Would it make sense to apply for that one first and see what kind of SL they offer you?


Not sure about that... I know that a new Amex ACCOUNT won't show up for 60 days, but I believe the inquiry would show up immediately.

 

I don't know that it would matter honestly...  I don't believe that a $25k loan and two new cards will be enough to completely buy out DW anyway.  The SL on one or both cards may well effect how much I want to use for BT tho.

07/01/21 Fico 8: EX 734, EQ 756, TU 756.
07/03/21 Fico 9: EX 734, EQ 737, TU No idea.

Zero percent financing is where the devil lives...
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kilroy8
Super Contributor

Re: 2019 stupid finance tricks

Between the 2 of you, that's 70K in unsecured debt. Even considering only your 19K, I think you are going to tap out soon on what places are willing to extend.

 

I have no experience or ideas on how to handle that. I do sympathize, as the payments have to be murder.

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tcbofade
Super Contributor

Re: 2019 stupid finance tricks


@kilroy8 wrote:

Between the 2 of you, that's 70K in unsecured debt. Even considering only your 19K, I think you are going to tap out soon on what places are willing to extend.

 

I have no experience or ideas on how to handle that. I do sympathize, as the payments have to be murder.


If it helps your head any, it was six figures earlier this year.  Smiley Embarassed

 

It's getting better every month. 

07/01/21 Fico 8: EX 734, EQ 756, TU 756.
07/03/21 Fico 9: EX 734, EQ 737, TU No idea.

Zero percent financing is where the devil lives...
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shoegal
Valued Contributor

Re: 2019 stupid finance tricks

Not sure if you have an Amex already but it might be a soft pull if you have one.

 

My suggestion would be if either of you freelance or have a small biz (even selling on Ebay), you can get an Amex BBP which gives 0% APR on balance transfers and purchases for 15-months, hidden trade line (since it doesn’t report to personal credit), and bigger lines since it’s for business.


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Adkins
Mega Contributor

Re: 2019 stupid finance tricks

I've been following your updates, @tcbofade and I think it's a solid plan. 2019 is going to be awesome for you both! 

Last HP 09-14-2020



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Revelate
Moderator Emeritus

Re: 2019 stupid finance tricks

Seems like a legit plan other than doing the math on the balance transfer offers, depending on the inquiry distribution may all be easy.

 

The interesting spin on this one which I never really looked into would be for those lenders that traditionally offer 0% APR promotions, what their policy is on CL aggregatation: vis a vis establish a non-trivial tradeline (Amex and Discover both historically have been useful for that), pick up a BT promotion card, and then limit shuffle a bunch onto the new card and transfer yet more to a 0% balance.  May be some lender checks on that one, it just struck me as an interesting financing idea for larger amounts of unsecured debt.

 

Will say though that the easiest way to go sort the DTI issue would be to put you on the mortgage too, but I can understand the reasons for potentially not doing that intellectually anyway.  Doubt if I ever did get married that her name goes on the condo for example, though almost certainly would in whatever place we moved to.  All the compromises that make relationships work haha.

 

Big props to you for addressing the credit card debt tcbofade!  Know that's been a long term project for you.




        
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