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Debt Snowball - Pay Off Debt

Debt Snowball - Pay Off Debt
Betsalel Cohen
UpdatedMar 20, 2023

Three Steps to Snowball Debt or Avalanche Debt Payment

  1. Collect Information About Your Unsecured DebtsFirst, collect information about your debts. Start by getting a free credit report.
  2. Figure out How Much You Can PayAvoid minimum payments by keeping your payments constant. Even better, pay off your debts more aggressively. 
  3. Snowball, Avalanche, or...?Paying off your debts means sticking to the plan. Some people, such as David Ramsey, suggest that you pay off your lowest balance first. The psychological boost keeps you on track.However, if you start with the highest interest rate, then you are going to save the most money.One other way to pay off your debt quicker and save money is to take out a debt consolidation loan. If you qualify for a low-interest loan (or at least lower than your current debt), then you can save money and optimize your debt payments.Use the Snowball Debt Calculator to find out precisely much you can save.

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Paying off Debt Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a debt consolidation loan be a better alternative?


debt consolidation loan can save you money if you have high-interest rates. To get the best rates you need an excellent credit score. However, if your current credit card rates are very high, or you need to consolidate medical and other bills, then a debt consolidation loan might be a good alternative.

What if I can't afford the minimum payments?


Minimum payments are a costly way to pay off your debt. The Debt Payoff (Snowball) Calculator shows how much you pay if you don't reduce your monthly payments. 

If you can't afford your minimum payments, then take a serious look at your budget, or try to work out a debt relief program.

Did you know?

If you are struggling with debt, you are not alone. According to the NY Federal Reserve total household debt as of Quarter Q4 2022 was $16.91 trillion. Student loan debt was $1.60 trillion and credit card debt was $0.99 trillion.

A significant percentage of people in the US are struggling with monthly payments and about 26% of households in the United States have debt in collections. According to data gathered by from a sample of credit reports, the median debt in collections is $1,739. Credit card debt is prevalent and 3% have delinquent or derogatory card debt. The median debt in collections is $422.

The amount of debt and debt in collections vary by state. For example, in Arizona, 27% have any kind of debt in collections and the median debt in collections is $1903. Medical debt is common and 12% have that in collections. The median medical debt in collections is $719.

While many households can comfortably pay off their debt, it is clear that many people are struggling with debt. Make sure that you analyze your situation and find the best debt payoff solutions to match your situation.

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