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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Should I cash out my unused traditional IRA to pay student loans?

Currently I have a traditional IRA that has about $3,000 in it. It was rolled over from a 401k two years ago and has been sitting ever since (due to various reasons). It's not making any money and I'm ...
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I have a secured line of credit (substantial balance) as well as a retirement account. Am I wisest to pay off my debt before contributing to my retirement account?

What if it will take me 15 years to pay off my debt? Should that ALWAYS be what I pay down first?
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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 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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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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How much extra to put towards loans? I can't judge which gives me more utility

So I can now calculate exactly when my loans would get paid off by ensuring I consistently contribute some amount X to my loans where X is greater than the sum of the monthly minimums, where the extra ...
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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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Can someone explain to me how should I go about paying off my student loans?

I have two loans right now: $72k Balance - Minimum of ~$500/month payments and $30k Balance -Minimum of ~$350/month payments The part that is confusing me is how much of my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I save for my children's university education in Canada, or am I better off paying off loans and gaining debt room?

Looking at the financial aid system in Canada, it seems that significantly more aid is available for those who do not have savings or lack the ability to directly pay for their education. As a member ...
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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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“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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What is the best use of this cash, investment or payoff bills?

I am 57, will retire in 10 yrs. I have about $7000 from a matured CD. My 'portfolio' consists of a 401b with my job, no matching funds, worth about 25,000. My house will be paid off in 8 yrs. I have ...
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Which loan should I offset?

Imagine I have two loans, one is 300k and the other is 50k. I also have an offset account with 35k in it. All income is going in to the offset account and so it should rise rapidly. If i offset the ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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Trying to figure out my student loans

Please let me know if this is too much information/perhaps unsafe private information to reveal. I am trying to understand the finances behind this stuff and what I can do to get rid of my loans ...
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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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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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How to maximise savings?

I am in my late 20s, living in the UK, and in my third year of professional work (one year industrial placement, two years since graduating from University). I have very little in the way of monthly ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Numerous large student loan balances: Pay down principal or refinance to 5-year loan

My spouse and I have almost $150k in Federal student loans. About 60k of this balance is in consolidated loans, and the remaining 90k is split between roughly 20 smaller loan balances (the smallest is ...
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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 £700....
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Cash Out IRA to Pay Off Debt

I have an IRA that I haven't paid into for over 10 years. I also have a State retirement plan that I have paid into for 10 years and will continue until I retire. Besides the penalties, any reason I ...
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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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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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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 ...