[ What a b*tch! ] This is my 5th installment for this series. If you haven’t read the previous installments or if you want to refresh:
- I applied and was approved for a $3,000 credit limit on 4/12/11
- On the same day ( 4/12/11) I charged a complete root canal & filling on the card = $2,297.00
- 48 month promotional period = 14.9% APR
- Minimum monthly payments = $64.00
- If I paid only the minimum payment of $64.00, in 4 years it would be paid off. I would have paid $3,095.00, which is $798.00 in interest.
- If I paid $80.00 a month, I would have paid $2,887.00, which is $590.00 in interest.
THE FIFTH BILL
Previous Balance- $1,119.94
New Purchases- $0.00
Payments- $199.00 ($100.00 posted on 8/15 & $32.00 posted on 8/23 & $67.00 posted on 8/30)
Credits, Fees, etc.- $0.00
Interest Charge- $12.85
New Balance- $933.79
Minimum Payment Due- $64.00
Days in Billing Period- 30
TOTAL INTEREST CHARGED: $95.29
TOTAL PAYMENTS SENT: $1,458.50
Notes: I’m so happy to finally have the balance on this card under $1,000 and can’t wait until it’s paid off. So far, I’ve managed to pay off about 60% of my balance and I’m feeling better with each payment I send in—no matter how small.
The other day, a fellow blogger commented and asked why I don’t just pay it off with our savings. Oh, I’ve thought about it so many times, but in reality it just wouldn’t be as beneficial to me. I know that I’m paying interest, $95.29 so far but that’s (in my opinion, for our circumstances) okay.
If I were to just take the money from savings to pay it off, I wouldn’t replace it with the same urgency as I would make payments on the card. I also wouldn’t really remember how bad I got burned from adding some debt back into our lives. If I end up paying around $140.00 in interest but take something away from this experience, such as avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future, then that will be a $140.00 well spent.
Actually, I guess until we get health insurance, this card might keep getting used (I need to keep looking for inexpensive insurance) but I wouldn’t run up balances on other cards and such. Everybody is different and some things work better/differently for others, but for us…this is the right choice. If I keep making only the minimum payment from here on out: