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The act of paying off debts (either partially or completely). One may do this to lower or eliminate a monthly payment and regain control of one's personal finances. There are different ways to do this, but the most popular are based either on the total amount of each debt or on the interest rate. ...

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Best way to pay off debt?

I have a home equity loan- ~$42K at 7.5% and about $10K in credit card debt at 16%+. I have several hundred thousand dollars in vested stock options from my company (part of my long term incentive ...
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Withdrawing IRA early to pay off large credit card debt?

I am 38 years old and married. Because of a mix of bad luck (multiple lay-offs between my husband and I over the years which led to months of unemployment, unexpected major medical bills), choice (job ...
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Chipping away at large loan, or get rid of smaller ones? Student debt

I am currently $50k in debt from school. I have $9,500 in saving specifically saved for paying off student loans. I am wondering if I could get some quick advice as to what/why I should be paying off. ...
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Should I use IRA money to pay down my student loans?

I have just over $140,000 in consolidated student loan debt with a fixed interest rate of 5.75% on an income-based payment plan. My current and previous employers qualify for the Loan Forgiveness ...
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Can I negotiate a credit card settlement by stopping payments?

I have a considerable amount of CC debt spread over three CCs. As my home refinance is in the process, it looks like I will soon have the cash to pay them all off. However, I have been receiving ...
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Applying additional student loan payments directly to principal while on a income-based repayment plan

My sister has a federal student loan with a total balance of about 60K and an interest rate of 6%. Her income isn't high so she's eligible for an income based repayment plan with a monthly payment of ...
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Paying down debt during a no-interest period

In this question, the OP had three cards, and the one with the largest balance had a promotion of 0% APR for a limited time. Normally, the most efficient way to pay down that debt is to start with ...
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Getting over that financial unease? Budgeting advice

I recently moved from Arizona to Oregon to take advantage of free schooling (which ironically enough, I originally moved from Oregon to Arizona because I wanted to go to college there). Before the ...
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Does using savings to pay off debt in bulk look bad on one's credit report?

I have my house deposit, which is pretty much exactly the amount of debt I am in. If I pay off all my debt in one hit, will it look bad on my credit report, or if a bank looks at it and thinks a ...
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Mortgage Overpayments Two Accounts

I have a capital & interest repayment mortgage that's split into two. The outstanding balance on the original is approximately £100k on a 2.5% variable interest rate, monthly repayment approx ...
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Should I pay off student loans with existing retirement savings?

I am about to change jobs, I am 24 and have a little bit more than my current student loan debt saved in a retirement account. Once I leave my current employer, I basically get free reign over my ...
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Balancing an Interest Accrual Rate Between multiple loans

Tags: multiple student loans , balancing interest accruals , student loan help
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What can I do to rebuild credit and get out of financial trouble?

My wife and I are in some financial trouble. We are in our early 30s and our credit is terrible. We both have student loans, we have old credit card debt (though we have no current credit cards). ...
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How can I manage my Credit Card Debt in Australia?

35K in credit card debt and personal debt (17K Credit Card 16% interest rate, 18K Personal Debt,Variable Rate 5yrs & 8mths remaining). I used the advice in Battling the credit car debt in ...
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Why might it be advisable to keep student debt vs. paying it off quickly?

As of a couple weeks ago, I paid off all of my student debt. Hooray... But I have a friend named A who has a friend named B who is a financial advisor (a young so therefore perhaps ignorantly ...
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In Australia, how to battle credit card debt?

I have $18K in credit card debt. What are my options in tackling this? Every month I am left with no extra money to pay anything more than minimum payment required (car, rent, another personal loan, ...
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Debt Forgiveness - Extra Payments

Student loans can be forgiven after ten years of being a teacher (link). If there is no chance for a new teacher to pay off the loan in ten years, is there any benefit to pay anything other than the ...
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Is it possible to use part of my pension to pay loans, or to opt out of the pension scheme altogether for a few years until my loans are paid?

I have so far worked in Singapore, Norway, and now in the UK. My knowledge about pension scheme in general is very limited. What I only know is that part of my gross salary goes to tax and part of it ...
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Buying a car and learning to drive versus paying up study loans

My wife and I have two children. Soon we will have three. Neither of us know how to drive, and we do not have a car. With the prospect of having three small children, however, I think having a car ...
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Family, ie. relatives, Debt consolidation Plan

My extended relatives had an idea to have all of us share each other's debts, in order for all of us to get out of dept faster. The idea is the same as you would for your own personal finances: pay ...
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Which student loans to pay off first: Stafford or private?

I'm really trying to buckle down and get ride of my student debt. I currently have Stafford and Private loans (I owe more on my private loans). I'm wondering which are best to pay more towards? ...
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Should I prioritize paying down my higher interest debt over building an emergency fund, or vice-versa?

I have a debt of $15,000 at a yearly interest rate of 9%, which can be paid within 5 years. Would it be better for me to: Build first the emergency fund (e.g. liquidity for 6 months' expenses ...
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Does paying off a car loan increase or reduce a persons credit score?

I know that closing credit card accounts reduces the number of open credit lines, and paying off a car loan would also reduce the number of credit lines. I have had the car loan for over 3 years, it ...
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Is it a good idea for me to divert savings to pay off my debt?

I own a car which I had bought under desperation and stupidly agreed to pay a high interest rate (8%). Recently, I used money from my line of credit, which was at 6%, to pay off my car loan. Now I ...
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If I have a lot of debt and the housing market is rising, should I rent and slowly pay off my debt or buy and roll the debt into a mortgage?

I'm a Canadian divorcee who walked away from marriage with debt. I have a great income, but I owe $60K on a line of credit and credit card debt as a result of litigation. I pay $1,500/month in rent. ...
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Saving money in college while paying for college

I am currently attending college. I am working internships while not in school and making good money compared to a typical minimum wage job while at college. I am going for my bachelor's in ...
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Paying Off Debt: When CC Companies Won't Reduce APR

For the past two years I've been living, for the first time, under the weighty, grey cloud of credit card debt. Foolish use of personal credit cards to fund asset purchases for an LLC have resulted in ...
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Pros and cons of cashing out my RRSP in order to repay HELOC used to start a business, now failed?

I'm in my mid 40s and a few years ago I used my HELOC to start a new business. I was paying interest only on the loan in hopes of paying off the HELOC in lump sum amounts once the business was ...
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How should I calculate the opportunity cost of using a 401(k) loan?

I've seen a number of financial articles that discuss the "opportunity cost" of using a 401(k) loan; however, I don't seem to recall ever seeing a good formula or calculation that can be done to ...
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What is the advantage to me in not paying off my debts?

I have some credit card debt that is currently on cards where there is 0% interest for periods of between 14-22 months. There was a transfer fee of around 2.9-3.5% for the balance from old cards. I ...
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Should we pay down our HELOC or pay extra towards our mortgage?

We have a mortgage at $207K at 5%, a HELOC balance of $7500 at 3.25% and a credit card balance of $3300 at 13.9% APR. In savings we have $116K and in a mutual fund we have $21K My plan was to take ...
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Are my monthly commited expenses out of whack?

Okay, my wife and I struggle with our finances and we are trying to get them in order. My net pay is approx $1300 every two weeks (my wife does not work) That is after health insurance premiums ...
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Can my company buy my personal debt?

I owe $50,000 to my mother and father, who have helped me consolidate my debt over the years. Can my business buy my debt from my parents for the full amount I owe and then forgive me from having to ...
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Is it OK to use a credit card on zero-interest to pay some other credit cards with higher-interest?

I was reading up on What is the difference between "good debt" vs. "bad debt"? and it says borrowing money from a credit card is a bad-debt. So, I was wondering if the credit card ...
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How can I determine if a debt consolidation offer is real or a scam?

A friend of mine recently attempted to go though debt consolidation. He received a phone call and was offered really good terms to consolidate his current debts. A promise was made that the company ...
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Should I pay off my 50K of student loans as quickly as possible, or steadily? Why?

I was an idiot in college. I basically just used student loans and got very few grants. I also spent way too much time in there. I now have two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree. About 7 ...
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Snowball debt or pay off a large amount?

I recently received a large amount of money, well large in my eyes, around 5000 dollars. I have the following cards: $10619 citi card ($234.35/month) $2500 Best Buy Card - deferred interest ...
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At what interest rate should debt be used as a tool?

I know people love to preach the merits of being 100% debt-free, but when used intelligently, debt can be a powerful tool. All else equal, if I have debt at an interest rate of say 1% and have an ...
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Should I pay off the credit cards now or do the monthly payments thing?

I have 3 credit cards with a total balance of about $36k. Two of the cards are at 2% and the last one is at 0%. With the current payment structure, I'll be debt free in 25 months. I recently came ...
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Should we prepay our private student loans, given our particular profile?

my question is: Should my wife and I prepay my private variable-rate student loans, given our particular financial profile? Or are there higher priorities to address with any extra cash we have at the ...
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Calculating the most optimal way to pay off credit cards

I have 3 credit cards which I am slowly paying them off. Card# Balance Monthly Interest Months to pay of Minimum Payment at current rate Payment 1 ...
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“Debt Settlement Order” Text Spams – How do they work?

Apologies if this is too off-topic. This seemed like the closest-fit SE site for this A lot of people will have at some point received a spam text offering some sort of help via a debt settlement ...
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Should a $150K mortgage @ 6% be paid off with $150K withdrawn from a 401K at retirement?

Should a $150K, 30 year mortgage @ 6% be paid off with $150K withdrawn from a 401K account at retirement?
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Does it make any sense to directly contribute to reducing the US national debt?

As an American citizen, does it make any financial sense to donate money in hopes of helping to reduce the US national debt? Thanks.
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What is 'consolidating' debt and why do people do it?

I've seen 'debt consolidation' advised for people who have a lot of debt (from different credit cards, etc). What does that involve, exactly, and why is it a good idea? Say I have: -$1000 at 5% from ...
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How smart is it to really be 100% debt free?

For the last 2 years, I have been trying hard to be debt free without affecting my personal cash flow. I am by no means a rich person, but I have a decent salary. I still have debt, specifically ...
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Do things really fall off a person's credit in seven years?

I'm looking to start repairing my wife's credit on which she has several credit cards from before we were married. These debts are reaching the 7 year window where I've heard things "fall off" your ...
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How to do Credit Card debt consolidation or get rates lowered?

I have a friend that has five credit cards of debt. A couple of the cards have high interest rates (20-25%). The rest are 15% and below. The total debt combined of all five cards is ~$10k. How ...
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Should I pay off my student loan before buying a house?

Should I pay off my student loan before buying a house?
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Use retirement to pay off debt: Should I cash in RRSP to repay Line of Credit?

The amount I have in RRSP savings is exactly equal to the amount I have in Home Equity Line of Credit debt (significant, but aside from home mortgage, my family has no other debt). I know if I ...