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BUT, you are doing this at the expense of food.
No Food = you die.
I am glad that you have the attitude that you don’t want to owe anyone money. Stay that course, it will lead to survival.
If you do not need your car and can get around to do your job and the other necessities, and can make due with public transportation or walking then get rid of the car.
The car is more than just a car loan, it is insurance, maintenance, gas, etc. There are a lot of expenses on something that is just rotting away.
I got rid of my car long go and I very glad for it. I save so much money because of it.
What you need to do is either get rid of the credit cards as fast as you can, or reduce GREATLY the balance on those cards. This will free up the money you are paying in stupid tax (interest).
Of course, and this is without full knowledge mind you, but I am tempted that you should look at debt settlement as a solution. The reason for this is because you can’t even pay for food.
What other basic necessities are you going without.
Your life and family are more important than any debt or bill.
Good on keeping your payments current. I only have a question: Are you keeping your payments current at the expense of other bills or obligations?
In other words, are you robbing Peter to pay Paul?
If this is the case then you are deeper than you thought.
Another take on this is that you are constantly playing the balance transfer game to keep the interest rate down. That is just the same as robbing Peter to pay Paul.
I am going to give you a secret on how to lessen the amount that you pay every month to your bills.
We all know that the lower the interest rate the lower the minimum payment at the end of the month. But what if you don’t have a low interest rate, how can you get that same break.
Your bill is calculated by what is called Daily Calculated Interest. What this figure is your interest rate divided by 365 days (ex. 20%/365 = .05). You then take you balance on one credit card (or mortgage, car loans, student loans etc.) and multiply that by .05 (for this example) and that gives you the amount you will pay interest for that day (ex. $10,000 balance x .o5 = $5.00)
So if you Balance is $10,000 for every day on the billing period (lets say 30 days) you’ll pay $5.00 for everyday (or 30 x $5.00 = 150 for interest).
Now your overall bill will be about $200 total. Leaving only $50.00 going towards principle. Now a heck’ve a lot is it?
Of course use your own figures to determine that amount of interest you pay every month.
Now to recapture a portion of that interest lower the daily balance and you’ll pay less.
Now here is a simple trick. Have two credit cards, both with limits $500-$1000 more than the amount of income you bring in (They also need to have a $0 balance to start off with).
- Now with Credit Card A use the entire balance to pay off a large portion of a debt (other credit cards, or carloans would be better to start off with).
- With Credit Card B us it to pay all your bills and expenditures.
- Put all of your income (every single dime) into Credit Card A. This keeps the balance down thereby lessening the amount you would pay in interest.
- Before the due of Credit Card B use Credit Card A to pay off the entire balance. This gives to you an interest free loan of 20-30 days depending on your billing period.
- Budget yourself to free up as much money as you can without depriving yourself. You need to live BELOW your means. This extra cash goes into Credit Card A along your income.
- Every 3-4 months use Credit Card A to pay off large chunks of debt…usually the high interest consumer debt first.
- Repeat steps 1-4 every month.
This is similar to the Dave Ramsey snowball method but gives it a kick in the pants and you are freeing up money that you would otherwise pay in interest.
If you do this right, then you can get completely out of debt even faster if you used Dave Ramsey’s program.
Then you can use all your income after that for investment purposes.
Now, I recognize that this is not for everybody. All I ask is that you look it over, ensure that you understand it, then make your decision if it is right for you.