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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Why would anyone want to pay off their debts in a way other than “highest interest” first?

Looking at the math, it is clear to many people that, given a number of debts at different interest rates, if you are trying to eliminate your debt, you will pay less interest overall if you pay off ...
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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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I've often heard of the “snowball” method for paying off credit card debt. How does it work?

How does the "snowball" method of paying off credit card debt work? In what ways is it superior over other ways of reducing one's debt?
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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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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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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 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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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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Should I pay an extra $100 every month on my mortgage or pay $1200 extra every year at the beginning of the year?

I can pay $1200 extra once a year or $100 every month - which is better? The first one does sound better, but for a 30 year mortgage, is it that significant? Say the mortgage is for $200,000. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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mortgage vs car loan vs invest extra cash?

I received a good bonus this year and am trying to figure out the best way to use it. I have no credit card or student debt, maintain an emergency fund, and am maxing out tax advantaged retirement ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 cash out some of my retirement to pay credit card debt?

I'm very recently divorced and have accumulated the following credit card debt, both during my marriage and during my separation, when I struggled to get by while paying both a mortgage and rent on my ...
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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 ...
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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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Should I consolidate loans and cards, or just cards, leaving multiple loans?

I will start off by saying that I suck with credit cards. I just can't manage them, and if I have access to them, I end up impulse spending money. I should not need to; I earn great money, but I seem ...
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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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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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Should I withdraw money from IRA or refinance home to pay credit card debt?

Should I refinance or withdraw from IRA to pay off 25K of credit card debt? I am 64, self employed earning about 30K/yr. My wife is retired. credit card debt snowballed and I now want to pay it off ...
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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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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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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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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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What to do with extra money when company doesn't offer 401k

I am looking for advice on what to do with some extra money I have. Currently, I have about $23k in my savings account, gradually increasing. I am (currently) employed, making good salary ($70k/yr), ...