We did pretty well paying off debt in 2014, but need to improve in 2015. One of the first steps: coming to terms with the credit card debt. Up until now, we had a general awareness of the amounts owed – a lot. It was a bit depressing to tabulate, but here are the totals:
- $5,000 at 21.99%
- $5,400 at 14.99%
- $5,600 at 19.24%
- $2,000 at 21.99%
- $1,800 at 9.9%
- $4,500 at 0% (until May 2015)
- $3,300 at 27% (we’ve been paying this one off every month)
- $4,500 at 19.99%
- $11,100 at 12.99%
Ouch – the grand total comes to $43,200. Excuse me for a moment while I cry a bit.
All right, all right, time to adjust my thinking. We did this to ourselves; the blame is on us. However, we’ve identified and quantified the enemy. So now, we can kill it. It’s painful to look at the total, but I’m optimistically looking forward to watching the amounts steadily decrease to nothing.
Young Adult Money just posted a list of ways to improve your finances and number one was to “Evaluate Your Debt.” I commented about my plans, finally, to total up the credit cards. The author (DC) suggested we look in credit consolidation or cards with 0% on balance transfers. I believe that we have already exhausted our options for 0% cards (we’ve been
dealing with avoiding our debt for too long). The debt consolidation might be a good option, though, especially with some of the higher-interest cards.
Bottom line: we can’t afford to live in denial anymore. This list represents an important accomplishment on our path to a better life. Well, I guess that it’s time to get to work.