Should you continue to pay credit cards monthly if you have room in your budget?
I have a substantial amount of credit card debt, around 60k for me and 20k for my wife. I'm not behind and not being bothered by creditors. I have always made payments on time. Most months I can make more than the minimum payment as long as nothing else creeps up. I've been able to knock it down some. If I stick to my plan I can knock it out in less than 3 years. Most months we stick to the plan unless something like car repairs or right now a new baby comes into play.
Would it make sense to try to settle this debt instead of working through my plan which gets pushed back every time something comes along. I can come up with 30 to 50k if I need to from 401k loans or cash outs to offer as settlement. While I don't really want to hurt my credit it does not seem to matter as every time I pay them down some they lower my limit thereby raising my debt to credit level. At some point I will need to replace my car but can't seem to get a loan due to the high ratio. My credit score is 729 and the only negative is that ratio. I always pay every bill on time but feel I can't get ahead with these credit cards hanging over us. I also don't want necessarily to "take the easy way out". We charged what we charged and I am responsible for it. Just that with interest, it will cost another 20k before we get this done.
Given the above situation, do you have a recommendation?
Being in a position to aggressively pay down 80k in credit card debt in a three year period would not exactly put you in a hardship category with the need to pursue debt settlement. Credit card debt consolidation could make more sense for you.
If your interest rates were lower, you could complete your debt pay down plan even faster.
What are your interest rates and with what balances?
If you do find yourself in a position where you are unable to maintain current payments to your creditors, from the detail I picked up in the background you provided, you would be a great candidate for settlement. In that event, you could request a consult to get into specifics as they would relate to you.
I hear you on the credit limit decreases as you pay down balances. Lender risk aversion is back, and here to stay for sometime.
Anyone with questions or a situation like Jim’s, where debt consolidation and debt settlement make sense, is welcome to post in the comment section below for feedback.