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If you’re struggling to pay down outstanding debts on credit cards, it may be worthwhile to consolidate your debt. Through a balance transfer credit card you can defer interest payments for some period of time, usually between 12 and 21 months. The balance transfer calculator below will help you see exactly how much you can save by moving your debt over to a card. Make sure to input your current debts, APR, and monthly payments. You can also change the terms of the balance transfer credit card you’re thinking of applying for – set it’s promotional period, transfer fee, and ongoing APR.
Please enter the details of the card you are transferring balances to:
promo length (months)
APR after promo
Visualizing Your Savings
Another added benefit of a balance transfer credit card is the fact that it speeds up how quickly you pay down your debt. The following graph can help you visualize this. Use the drop down menu to choose between graphing your remaining balance, savings, or interest paid.
Credit Card Balance Transfer Methodology
Credit card interest kicks in on the remainder of your unpaid balance each month. In the case of a balance transfer credit card, you are not charged any interest for some promotional period of time, after paying a transfer fee. For the above calculator, we assumed you begin with a set balance, added the cost of the transfer fee, and then began applying your fixed payment month after month. After the end of the promotional 0% APR period, the interest for each billing cycle is equal to the periodic rate multiplied by your balance after payment.
The periodic rate varies month to month, depending on the number of days in a billing period. In order to approximate this, we divide the card APR by 12, to get a monthly periodic rate.
The interest rate is then added to the balance after payment, and carries over into the next month where the process is repeated.
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