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    • chelseablue
    • By chelseablue 14th Mar 17, 4:51 PM
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    How many cards do you have?
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    • 14th Mar 17, 4:51 PM
    How many cards do you have? 14th Mar 17 at 4:51 PM
    I'm not sure if I have too many cards?


    Currently have 3:


    Barclaycard: Balance £158 Credit limit £5,000
    This is the card I have in my purse and use if necessary and pay in full if I do use it


    Lloyds: Balance £3,428 Credit limit £4,500
    0% until 2020, only got for the BT, card shredded as soon as it arrived


    Sainsbury's: Balance £1,581 Credit limit £4,800
    0% until 2020, only got for the BT, card shredded as soon as it arrived


    The credit card balances worry me more than my £224,000 outstanding mortgage
    Mortgage starting balance 26.02.16 £231,294
    Mortgage after Year 1 £225,078
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    • zx81
    • By zx81 14th Mar 17, 5:07 PM
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    • #2
    • 14th Mar 17, 5:07 PM
    • #2
    • 14th Mar 17, 5:07 PM
    It's not very many. But it's the balances and limits you need to focus on, not the number of cards.

    Do you have a plan for paying down the balances?
    • chelseablue
    • By chelseablue 14th Mar 17, 5:10 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 5:10 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 5:10 PM
    Currently I overpay the mortgage by £400 a month. Was thinking I might be better diverting this £400 to Sainsburys, then it'll be gone in 4 months.

    Only thing stopping me is the cards are 0% for a long time whereas the mortgage isnt
    Mortgage starting balance 26.02.16 £231,294
    Mortgage after Year 1 £225,078
    • zx81
    • By zx81 14th Mar 17, 5:14 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 5:14 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 5:14 PM
    That's fine for now, but what if the balances go to the standard rate and you can't BT? You'll rapidly eat up any savings you're currently making.


    Even a BT fee might outweigh your mortgage savings.
    • chelseablue
    • By chelseablue 14th Mar 17, 5:21 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 5:21 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 5:21 PM
    That's fine for now, but what if the balances go to the standard rate and you can't BT? You'll rapidly eat up any savings you're currently making.


    Even a BT fee might outweigh your mortgage savings.
    Originally posted by zx81
    Good point, I wouldn't have to worry about the rate until 2020.

    Just not sure whether to send £400 a month to Sainsbury's until its clear then increase the DD to Lloyds so its gone before the 0% ends
    Mortgage starting balance 26.02.16 £231,294
    Mortgage after Year 1 £225,078
    • TBagpuss
    • By TBagpuss 14th Mar 17, 6:31 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 6:31 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 6:31 PM
    Or you could start putting £200 a month into a cash ISA or bond for 2 years then pay the cards off in full just before the 0% ends. It depends a bit on how much interest you are paying on the mortgage an whether you can borrow back the over payments if you need to, or if you have any other savings
    • YorkshireBoy
    • By YorkshireBoy 14th Mar 17, 6:46 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 6:46 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 6:46 PM
    Or you could start putting £200 a month into a cash ISA or bond for 2 years then pay the cards off in full just before the 0% ends. It depends a bit on how much interest you are paying on the mortgage an whether you can borrow back the over payments if you need to, or if you have any other savings
    Originally posted by TBagpuss
    ...or 5% regular savers and a 5% current account, and make 2-5 times the interest a cash ISA or 'bond' would.
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 14th Mar 17, 9:57 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 9:57 PM
    Same number as the three times this thread has been done this year.
    • adindas
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