Looking for advice on paying off debt

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      I’ve had some unfortunate life events in the past that led me to accumulate credit card debt. I’m in a much better position now so I’ve been working hard at putting this debt behind me!!

      So far this year I’ve paid off 4 cards/loans totaling around $11,500 using the “snowball” effect starting with the smallest debt first. At this point I’m down to $18,000 on one card, and $9,000 on another.

      These are both high interest. Does it make sense to consolidate them into a loan so I have one payment with lower interest, or maybe transfer to another credit card that offers a no interest period.

      I’d love to hear what has worked for others!

      #84198 Reply

        Absolutely yes. If you have good credit.
        Transfer to 0% card for 15+ months.
        I’ve seen as much as 21 months 0%

        #84199 Reply

          Yeah, I think a debt consolidation might be a good option for you. The debt service on CC is crazy and it is really hard to catch up with. A lower rate loan will probably save you a lot.

          Useful: What would you say is a good amount to put away every pay period for an emergency fund when trying to put everything extra towards paying off debt?

          #84200 Reply

            I’d transfer to a 0% card and keep paying them down. That’s a better deal then a loan. Just look for a card with a 3% transfer fee. Some are 5%.

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