Questions tagged [debt-reduction]

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. There are different arguments as to which one is better, but either is better than doing nothing but paying the minimums.

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Cannot pay enough to mitigate late/overdue fees on credit card. What is the best way to handle this?

I've tried working with a credit card company over late fees/debt. I can of course make some payments, but they're always lower than the overdue fees they continuously charge. In other words I'm ...
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Why do companies use debt to finance business deals instead of cut the dividend?

Some time ago Altria bought a 35% stake in Juul, using $12.8 billion in cash. However if one looks at Altria's financial reports, it's clear that this is money Altria didn't have. The company didn't ...
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How to strike balance between home loan, savings, investment, tax savings, marriage, retirement plan, startup & living life?

Small intro: I am 30 years old, living with my parents in Mumbai, India. I am the only child. During the past 8 years of working, I have managed to change my family's financial condition to a great ...
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What should I do with extra bonus [duplicate]

I've recently been awarded a bonus of 6500 EUR (Net), What would be the best approach for me? Here is what my financial situation roughly looks like. 6200 EUR @ 4,95% (4291,63 still open) 29 months ...
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USA, NY State Homeowner Post-TCA: Should I pay off mortgage or attempt to find investments?

While trying to build a model for our finances, I've managed to confuse myself reading various threads. Any advice appreciated to get me on the right track or pointed towards modelling spreadsheets. ...
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Reasons to invest in 401k vs pay off loan in 1 year?

I have ~$70k across 401k and Roth IRA. I have federal student loan at $17k with 3.8%. Thus, my NW is $53k. If I choose to invest $19k into my 401k and assume the average rate of return of 7%, my 401k ...
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Should I take out a personal loan to pay off credit card debt?

My spouse and I have about 40K in credit card debt, in addition to a mortgage payment and student loans. We have been working hard to pay off this debt and have been moving in the right direction. ...
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30 yr mortg + IRA/stock market, OR 15yr mtg then 15 yrs IRA/stocks

I'm planning to refinance the mortgage given the low rates these days. Need to make a choice between a 30 yr fixed and a 15 or 20 yr fixed. Monthly household budget can accommodate any of the mortgage ...
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Options to repay high interest credit card debt

I have about $14,000 in high interest credit card debt. I am curious as to the best options to attack this issue. CC1 - $9,500 @ 19% CC2 - $4,100 @ 21% I have about $8k in savings I am not willing ...
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Strategy to pay off revolving debt while building reserve savings fund?

We currently have about $16K cash. I'd like to have $30-35K+ for a ~6 month reserve. This will be a "single giant reserve fund" that will pay for large and/or unplanned expenses, frivolities like ...
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Should I increase my 401(k) contributions, or increase my mortgage payments

I have about $150k remaining to pay on my mortgage. There are 7 years left at a 3% interest rate, then after that the rate goes variable and increases to about 10%+. There's no penalty for paying the ...
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Is it wise to pay off mortgage with 401k?

I've been considering paying off my mortgage with my 401k balance. Some particulars, I'm in WA state in the US, and I'll turn 60 in about a week. I have enough in my 401k with my current employer to ...
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Should I pay on student loans in deferment or continue to snowball other debts?

My wife and I both have steady full-time jobs that pay pretty well while also having a good amount in student loan debt. We have other debts too, like a mortgage, credit cards and a car loan. We ...
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How to calculate value of paying down mortgage and removing PMI vs higher interest debts?

How do I calculate which of these is more advantageous to do with a windfall?: pay down my mortgage to the point where PMI will be removed pay off a higher interest loan Assume the amount required ...
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Debt Consolidation

I currently have a loan that I am paying on that has a 31k balance, with an APR of 9.24. I also have a credit card with a 6300 balance, and the APR is ~17.9%. I have an offer for a consolidation ...
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How can I prepare for my US student debt?

I'm a student at Drexel University. Drexel is a notoriously expensive school, and I pay roughly $35,000/yr in tuition, after awards. What's more, it is a five-year school. Currently, I'm in my fourth ...
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Should I pay off my 401(k) loan ASAP?

I recently saw a question on the forum about "Should I pay off my Home LOAN from my 401(k) or continue to pay Interest to myself". Most responses seemed to think that paying it off ASAP was the best ...
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Where should my money go first?

I have $7000 in cash. What should I pay toward first? Car Loan $17,000 @ 3.4% $532 a month payment Credit Card $3000 @ 0% interest till March 2019 Credit Card $3800 @ 0% interest till Nov 2019 Credit ...
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How best to apply back Student Loan Refund?

After completing Undergrad December 2017 I began making payments on my student loans (#1-5 below), paying more than necessary on the smallest balance of my 6.8% loans (usually owe $340, paying $500). ...
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Deciding to pay off loans vs. invest [duplicate]

I have $23k in student loans and pay $400/mo on them. I have about $2500 left over after my bills each month. I have a 401k and am already contributing the maximum on it. Does it make sense to spend ...
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Incremental payoff vs lump sum

I have $12 000 in student loan debt at 6.5% interest. Currently my payments are in the ballpark of $150 per month. I have an automatic transfer to a high interest savings account with Tangerine set ...
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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 ...