Sunday, August 24, 2008

Where Did Summer Go?

I can’t believe it’s the end of August already. Labor Day is right around the corner. This summer has been crazy, but strangely, for no particular reason. Work has taken over my weekdays completely, and every weekend it seems like there’s somewhere to go (and sleep to catch up on!).

Our credit card debt currently stands at $7880.64, split between 2 cards:

  • Mastercard (9.99%) - $4424.64
  • Citibank (0.00%) - $3456.00

We are so close to being done with this beast that I can taste it! We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs, but we’ve never been below $10,000 since we began our journey out of the hole. We are in the home stretch now, and we’re going to sprint to the finish. The plan is to be completely credit card debt free by the end of September. It’s going to take a lot of concentration and effort, but we are determined.

We have imposed a spending freeze until we are out of debt, save for our normally budgeted items. All our extra money will be thrown at the cards. The only problem is, I don’t know which card to pay off first. The 0% promotion ends on September 25. I am ashamed to say I don’t know what happens to the remaining balance at that time. Does it just then accrue interest? Or does it back-charge interest for the total amount on the card (which was $5100) for the entire year? That’s not a risk I’m willing to take. I have been splitting our payments equally between the two cards, and when it gets closer to the end date, I’ll pay the Citibank off first. This will also help keep me motivated and aware of our September 30th deadline.

5 comments:

debtfretter said...

sounds like a good plan! I'm sure you'll make it - it gets easier as you get closer.

debtfretter said...

sounds like a good plan! I'm sure you'll make it - it gets easier as you get closer.

JvW said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence! I am so ready to be done.

Christine said...

I believe I am correct to say that the interest that appears after the introductory rate goes back to the start day + what was accrued. So, I would definitely pay that off before that ends!

Good job! I can't wait til I get there. :)

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