Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Scott Bilker
Household Math™: Minimum Payment Balance
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 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.


Jeff owes Visa $2,500. The credit card company has an interest rate of 19.6% APR. The company requires a minimum payment of 2% of the unpaid balance, rounded to the nearest dollar. Jeff makes no additional purchases with this credit card and makes only one minimum payment monthly.

How long will it take him to pay off $500 on the $2,500 balance?

16 months
36 months
56 months
76 months
I don't know!

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