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Struggling to Pay Down That Credit Card? Consolidate With a Personal Loan

2021-03-25T16:37:06-05:00By |Debt Management, Personal Finance|

Are you facing mounting credit card debt?

Maybe you had a pricy bill at the auto mechanic, an unexpected home repair, or medical costs that went onto a credit card.

In these situations, it’s easy to pull out that plastic to cover the costs and delay the pain of paying up – and when it comes to unexpected expenses, it’s often the only choice. Few of us have deep savings accounts that allow for shelling out a few thousand dollars unexpectedly.

If you have revolving credit card debt, consolidating with a Personal Loan is a smart option. Keep reading to learn what consolidation entails and how it can help you pay off your credit card debt while saving money.

What’s Wrong with Revolving Credit Card Debt?

First, let’s define “revolving credit card debt.”

When you use a credit card for a purchase, you receive a monthly bill or statement from the card issuer (for example, Visa or your bank). This statement will indicate the full balance due, but it will also indicate a minimum payment amount. The minimum payment amount can fluctuate each month, as it is based on several factors including transaction history, interest rate, and card balance.

Many people make only the minimum payments due on their credit cards each month. While this might seem like an affordable option, it’s also a way for the credit card company to make a lot of money. This is because your credit card provider charges you interest on any balance you carry from month to month.

According to CreditCards.com Rate Report, the current national average Annual Percentage Rate (APR) on a credit card is just over 16%. Paying only the minimum monthly payment means you’ll pay a significant amount of money just for interest charges.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you had to charge a $6,000 medical bill and a $4,000 emergency home repair to a credit card that carried a 16% APR. If your minimum monthly payment was 2% of the balance, you would pay $200 a month.

$200 a month sounds pretty doable. However, if you never missed a payment, never used the card for anything else, and made only the minimum monthly payment, it would take you over 30 years to pay off the balance — and you’d pay over $18,000 just in interest!

Why Should You Consolidate With a Personal Loan?

Now, still working with the previous example, you could continue to chip away at the balance by paying the minimum payments for decades.

Or, you could use a Personal Loan to consolidate the $10,000 credit card balance. Let’s say you get a loan from Connexus with a 7.99% APR and a 60-month term. You’d still have a monthly payment close to $200 – but you’d pay off the loan in five years, and you’d pay only $2,083 in interest.

Using our example, you’d save over $15,000 in interest by consolidating!

Keep in mind, you do this all without increasing your debt load. You’re just moving the $10,000 debt from the high-interest credit card to the low-rate Personal Loan.

How do Personal Loans Work?

Personal Loans are fixed amounts of money paid back in monthly installments. The monthly payment is fixed, so you know exactly how much you will owe each month. They are increasingly common – Experian reported that, in 2020, there were 42.7 million personal loan accounts in the US, to the tune of $323 billion in outstanding debt.

They are most commonly used to consolidate high-interest debt, but they are also used for home improvements, unexpected expenses, and other large expenditures like weddings or vacations.

There are some misconceptions that Personal Loans are similar to payday loans, but that is not the case. Payday loans are generally small amounts of money with a payback date of around 14 days. They frequently have an APR of around 400%, a staggeringly high number. Payday loans are best avoided at all costs.

If you are worried about your credit making you ineligible for a Personal Loan, you can take steps to raise your credit score before applying. We also suggest that you give us a call and speak to a lender. We might have a loan option that works for you.

Get Started on Your Debt Consolidation Plan Now

If you are carrying revolving credit card debt, consider consolidating with a Personal Loan. As you learned in our earlier example, you will likely end up saving yourself a significant amount of money. Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to get your family out of debt sooner – and that’s a priceless feeling.

Learn more about our Personal Loans today, or connect with a lender who can answer your questions and get you on the path to being debt-free.

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