Car Loan or credit card?

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Car Loan or credit card?

Postby FutureBillionaire » Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:50 pm

Would you pay off a 5500 dollar car loan or a 9k credit card first? Interest on car is 5 percent and interest on card is 9.5% fixed. Please give your reason as well.
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Postby sticf » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:45 pm

If I could pay one of them off completely at one time (current level to $0) I would pay of the high interest loan first. Paying off the credit card will save you interest (higher balance+higher interest rate should be a good chunk of change) and free up credit for future use (if card is still open).

If you are thinking about accelerated payments (paying the max you can every month until both are paid off). I would look to knock out the lower one first. After it is paid off I would "roll" all the money I am paying out to the other one. This is the approach advocated by Dave Ramsey. It keeps you spending flat while attacking your debt. It also leads to his "feel good effect". You see the bills falling away and it reinforces your commitment to you to "keep it up". Problem is you will spend more on interest. However it is still a plan that is measurable (which really means it can be tracked).

Hope that helps.

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