Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Household Math™: Debt Snowball (Myth or Magic): Paying Back Lower-Balance Cards First
by Scott Bilker

 Scott Bilker is the author of the best-selling books, Talk Your Way Out of Credit Card Debt, Credit Card and Debt Management, and How to be more Credit Card and Debt Smart. He's also the founder of DebtSmart.com. More about Scott Bilker and DebtSmart can be found in the online media kit.

Test your knowledge by trying to solve this DebtSmart, Household Math™ problem! After you complete the problem, you’ll get the solution and explanation.

 1 David Sheepsley has two credit cards with balances. Card A has a balance of \$8,000 at 19.8% and minimum payments of \$160 per month. Card B has a balance of \$6,000 at 5.9% with minimum payments of \$120 per month. David has a total of \$400 per month to use for repaying his credit cards. What's the better plan for David?
 Pay the most money possible per month to the lowest-balance card (B) first and make minimum payments to the highest-balance card (A) until the lower-balance card (B) is paid off. Then send the entire payment of \$400 to Card A until that debt-repayment is completed. Do the reverse. Pay the most money possible per month to Card A and make minimum payments to Card B until Card A is paid off. Then send the entire payment of \$400 to Card B until that debt-repayment is completed. I don't know!

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