I'm trying to help my little sister establish & learn about credit. She currently has 2 cap 1 platinums that are maxed out. ($300 & $500 ) She also has a $300 Victorias Secret card w/ $113 balance. We locked her cards yesterday to focus on paying them down.
She was pre-approved for a 20% APR prosper loan for $2000. I was thinking we should accept the loan to pay off her balances and to diversify her profile. Would you take out the loan at this point or just make a plan to pay the cards off? The loan is 3 years, fixed so I'm wondering if it's a better idea to just to open a savings account and save an extra $20 - $25 a week to put as an extra payment towards the balances.
The goal is to pay these cards off, upgrade one to the quicksilver then eventually apply for the Apple & Uber card.
Thanks for your thoughts!