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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Hypothetically, should I pay off the smaller + higher interest rate loan first, or the larger + higher absolute interest cost?

I have this hypothetical situation on my mind and I am not sure which is the best solution. Given: Loan 1: $340,000 at an interest rate of 1.69% per year Loan 2: $40,000 at an interest rate of 3.6% ...
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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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How to balance paying off student loans with 401k contributions when employer matches 100%, up to federal maximum?

I've regularly heard the best advice for a young professional is to max out your employer's 401k contributions (maybe 3-5%, or limited in some way), then focus the rest on paying down debts. After the ...
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Which debts to target to maximize credit score change

I have a variety of debts, and I have a strategy to pay them off. It starts with getting my credit score up another 40-80 points or so to reach the threshold where I can do a cash-out refi on the ...
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Adjusting withholdings for high debt?

I am looking to find out if it would be a good/beneficial idea to adjust withholdings for the next year, and use the extra money to pay down credit card debt. Using rough calculators, I am estimating ...
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How to calculate repayments in order to pay off a personal loan by a certain date?

I have a small personal loan ($3000 remaining). The current interest is about 15% (per year???, charged monthly) but I also have to pay a monthly service fee ($10). My current weekly repayments are ...
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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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Put extra payments towards almost paid off house or newer house?

My wife and I have two houses: one her parents live in and has only 4.5 years of mortgage payments left, the other we live in and is only 2 years into a 30 year mortgage. She has been making extra ...
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Should I buy ~$2200 of a hot stock or invest elsewhere?

Right now I'm 23, decent job ($50k/yr), about $6k in the bank, and about $50k in debt (car loan, student loan, no credit card debt or other 'high interest' debt). I'm about to start putting roughly 8-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Balancing an Interest Accrual Rate Between multiple loans

Tags: multiple student loans , balancing interest accruals , student loan help
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I pay off zero interest debt early?

My cash reserves are around $11k, including an emergency fund of about a month and a half, and I budget rigorously. The only debt I have is $7k at zero interest, paid at $300/month, and it's from a ...
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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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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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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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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 ...