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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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HELOC debt is 2x my mortgage, help [duplicate]

My home equity line of credit (HELOC) amount owed has now grown to where it is approximately double the amount remaining on my mortgage and the interest payments are killing me. I have no other debt. ...
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How to get out of short-term loans?

I have about 15 small loans ranging in between 4k-10k in local currency, with most being 4k or under. Besides this, I'm currently paying 56k in local currency for a house (I can't cancel/pause this ...
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I have $3500 in Rollover IRA. Should I withdraw it early and pay off my credit card debt?

I have been investing a healthy amount in my current 401k with no plan to withdraw it early. I have $3,500 in a rollover IRA which has been sitting in there for about 4 years and I have done nothing ...
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Trying to lower my credit card APR; how to know what I should ask for?

I have a B of A Cash Rewards credit card that I want to have the APR lowered. It currently hovers at 20.49%. I've been a B of A customer since 2007, I've had the credit card since 2012. From their ...
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How can I get out of debt AND save money?

My wife and I are working our way out of debt; specifically, credit card (in lieu of student loans; I know this was a bad idea, don't remind me!) and personal (money loaned from her parents). Our ...
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In what order should I decrease my loan debt?

I currently have federal student loans, and a personal loan I took out for college. Below are my percentages for each. I am wondering which loans I should start paying off first to ultimately not ...
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To Cash-Out Refi or Not?

I have a 3 option scenario and I really can't decide what's the best move here. Here's a little background on my husband and I's current situation. We are focusing on rapidly paying off our debt. We ...
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Can credit card debt be negotiated?

A family member with Credit Card Debt has missed a few payments. The bank sent a letter saying that they would be willing to settle for 20% less of the current debt. Question: Can the debt be ...
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What method do I use to pay current expenses while paying off credit card debt?

I’m hoping you can help me with a question that seems very hard to google for some reason. I have $20K in debt on 4 cards, and I have set up a plan to pay off the deferred card on time, and the ...
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How exactly does a Level / Standard student loan repayment scheme work?

I have a question regarding standard (or 'level') debt repayment plans, specifically for my student loans. Hoping someone might have some insight. "Standard repayment is a level payment plan, with up ...
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Multiple credit cards for one debt? [closed]

Scenario: A person owes $30,000 in school debt to a single entity. The person also has THREE credit cards. Each month, the person pays $500 using credit card 1 towards the debt and $50 (minimum fee) ...
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Overpaying or look to pay off mortgage

I have a mortgage that 10years fixed at 2.75%. the remaining balance is about 70k and the monthly repayments are $1135. I got it it in 2015 and I'll pay it off by 2025. I have about $45k in savings ...
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Why do financial planners say to pay extra to your mortgage?

I read articles all the time by financial planners who you want you pay off your mortgage early. That's all well and good but then they make suggestions such as paying extra each month on your ...
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What should I do with $4,000 cash and High Interest Debt?

I'm receiving a $4,000 gift. I'm going to put $1,000 in an account. Next - with this gift I can pay off a credit card with a 23% APR or I can make a 15% dent in a 26% APR credit card. Do I pay off ...
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Credit Card Transfer/Payoff Advice

I have a credit card that is just about maxed out. I'm trying to get into financial health but the purchase interest charges are killing me and it's hard to get ahead. My cash flow is also terrible ...
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Someone please help with my credit situation

I sincerely hope someone can help. My credit score is ridiculously low. It's 538. My payment history is 98%. I do have a couple collection items...but my credit has been way higher...around 660, with ...
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Multiple loans, multiple payers - how to snowball fairly

My brother and I both have a large sum of student loan debt. I have more than he does and my interest rates are slightly larger as well. We are both attempting to snowball our debt separately. It ...
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I need advice on how to get out of default on college student loans [closed]

Well, this is not very specific, but I need advice on how to get out of default on college student loans. Right now I am on Social Security, Medicaid and food stamps. It made things more difficult ...
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Paying extra on a mortgage. How much can I save? [duplicate]

Can I pay $12,000 extra once a year or $1000 every month - which option is better? The first option does sound better, but for a 30 year mortgage, is it that significant? The mortgage is for $527,...
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Student loan vs selling one property

Thank you in advance for taking the time to click on my post and for your input. I will try to get into my question in short sentences My income is just over 100k a year. My wife is in school and ...
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IRA to pay credit card debt

I am 61 years old and have about $60,000 in credit card debt. I have about $130,000 in IRA mutual funds. I am also paying off 1st mortgage and a line of credit, so I am gaining equity with those. I am ...
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What is the best way to help my dad consolidate his credit card debt at a lower rate?

So my father and I are somewhat in a sticky situation. He has accumulated roughly $30k debts on his credit cards. He makes decent money now but the problem is paying about $650 a month in interest ...
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Should I use a home sale profit to pay down student loans or put it towards next house?

I am in the process of moving and stand to profit close to 100k on my current home sale. I also owe approximately 200k in student loans. The interest rates on mortgage and loans are within 1% of each ...
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What is the best source of funding to pay off debt?

I have 30K in CC debt that I would need to get out of. My options are: Cashing in a $60k annuity that doesn't return much, but has a penalty for withdrawal Borrowing from a $150k 401K (I don't want ...
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Interest or APR Query

I have really bad credit from when I was younger. The only credit card I can get is one 49.9% APR. If I spend £500 in a single transaction and pay back lets say £50 a month, what interest would I be ...
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Should I stop investing in 401k to put more toward debt

I currently have a debt of around 40k between student loans and car. Both are being paid, and most of the time paid ahead/extra. But they are still taking a while and gaining interest of course. ...
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5 credit accounts, from $1750 to $4000, all above 90% utilization. Better to pay $500 on all 5, or pay one off completely for credit score?

I have 5 cards acquired in a misbegotten, spendthrifty youth. Utilization: Account 1: $1600 of $1600 Account 2: $1500 of $1500 Account 3: $1200 of $1750 Account 4: $2900 of $3000 Account 5: $4000 ...
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Borrowing money from 401k retirement plan to pay credit card bills? [duplicate]

I have some credit card debt that I would like to pay off. I feel like I am throwing money away on the interest charges each month. I was curious to know if taking a loan from my 401k to pay off my ...
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Getting $10,000 and have $16,000 balance on two credit cards - How to allocate payments?

I'm getting a chunk of money - $10,000. I have 2 credit cards, each with $8,000 on them. Both have the same interest rate. Should I put $5,000 toward each of them? This way, would my monthly bills ...
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What's The Best Way To Pay Off My Collections?

I have a poor credit score, 597 to be exact. I'm 23 years old and looking to purchase a car but of course I want to get my finances in order. The only 2 major hits I have on my credit reports are from ...
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Paying off credit cards

I am 72 years old and had to stop working three months ago. Total retirement income is 3200.00 a month. I am paying most of that to credit cards, mine and my wife's. Also have a 712.00 house payment. ...
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How to pay down credit card debt

Last year I was at a good university and I decided to quit my job and take on a huge load of classes in order to finish in two semesters. I have a wife and a child and the student loans are based off ...
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Two high-interest loans: Pay down one at a time, or split my money?

I have 4 student loans. Two are for roughly $5,000 - one at 4.5% and one at 5.6%. Two loans are for roughly $1,500 and both have an interest rate of 6.8%. Right now I have $1,000 I can put towards my ...
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Debt Consolidation, trade down car, or both?

I'm a recent graduate, working full time (started in January). I have an average of 21.318% APR across 5 credit cards with a debt totaling $11,137, at $302 monthly min. CC #1: $2493 at 13.4%, $62 ...
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How to calculate the number of months until a loan is paid off (given principal, APR and payment amount)?

Does anyone know what formula they use for this When will you be debt-free? calculator? I want to put it in a Google Spreadsheet, but I can't find a payments-to-debt-free formula using my Google ...
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Should I withdraw from my IRA to pay off my credit card debt?

Should I withdraw $45,000 from my IRA to pay off credit card debt? I am 63 years old. Because of a change in employment status for the last 4 years I went from full time to part time. In order to ...
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401K loan repayment Default

I have a 29,000.00 loan from my 401K That I am paying 800.00 per month on. My wife has been ill for 2.5 years and unable to work. Currently trying to get disability. However this has created a big ...
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Do I pay a zero % loan before another to clear both loans faster?

I have $11,000 to put toward one of my three loans. I think I should pay off the 0% car loan and then in two months it will be zero and I can apply that $635 to the 2.5 % car loan and pay it down ...
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How do I obtain copies of 1099-C forms from credit card companies?

I was supposed to receive 1099-C forms from credit card companies for forgiveness of some debt. I have not received them (at a friends place, only 1 received), but unfortunately I am out of country. ...
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How can I get out of the debt-trap as quickly as possible?

I have a credit card with 30% interest and a real estate loan with 11% interest. The amount of debt on my card is lower than the real estate loan. I want to redeem the installments of the real ...
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Using fiancée's money to pay off my student debt

I have a student loan in my name and I just got engaged (Yay!) about 2 months ago. My fiancée has been saving up and is really interested in helping us get out of debt before the wedding. I think we ...
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Student Loan Balance question

My wife and I have recently paid off our auto loans and are trying to tackle our pesky student loan debt next. Following the "debt snowball" pattern, we've applied our monthly car loan payment to my ...
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What does “Settling your Debt” entail, and how does it compare to other options?

My local radio station has been running a bunch of ads from companies urging people who're struggling with paying their credit cards to "settle your debt for a fraction of what you owe." Their claim ...
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Consolidate my debt? Higher APR, but what does that actually mean?

If I have a monthly payment of $804.54 and an APR of 29.8%, does that mean that, each month, 29.8% of my $804.54 goes to paying the creditor? My situation... I have 3 credit cards and am thinking ...
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How do I determine how long it will take to pay off my all my loans?

Right now I have a spreadsheet with the loans I have, the interest rates the are each at, and how much I am putting toward each in monthly payments. I then calculate how long each loan will take to ...
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Is paying off your mortage a #1 personal finance priority?

Everyone always says and aims to "pay off my mortgage" But in the current climate of low interest rates is this really worth it? Should that money be put to use earning a higher yield? OR Does the ...
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Remedies for Defaulting on a 401(k) loan

I changed employers and am unable to pay back my 401(k) loan within the 60-day period allowed. I realize this will default the loan and I will receive a 1099-R, have to pay taxes and penalties. The ...
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Should I use short term loans to pay for student loans?

I have about $30k in student loans. I graduated last May and have a steady income. Now, my company's credit union offers $3.5k loans at 3% to be repaid over a year (they automatically deduct from my ...
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How often should I pay my student loans?

I've got ~$30K in student loan debt, spread out between different loans with different interest rates. My minimum payment is $190, but I'm in a financial position where I can afford about $750 per ...
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Should I pay off my 401k loan or reinvest the funds elsewhere?

I have a loan out on my employer 401k plan for $50k, which I took out for the purchase of a home (so there was no penalties, or taxes withheld). The interest rate is 4%, which I'm paying into the ...