Debt Consolidation


When the typical debt-consolidation company advertises that they can "save you money," what they are most often referring to is simply a reduction in your total monthly debt payments -- not a savings in the cost of paying off your debt (interest charges). By consolidating your payments into a single loan, you might be paying one monthly payment that is smaller than the sum of your current monthly payments, but if they stretch your loan out for a longer period of time you could actually end up paying more interest by consolidating. This calculator will help you to determine whether or not consolidating will actually reduce the cost of retiring your debts.

 

Instructions: Starting with the first line of entry fields, enter each one of your debts, along with their corresponding principal balances, interest rates and monthly payment amounts (the last two columns will be filled in by the calculator). Once you have entered all of the debts you wish to consolidate, click on the "Compute Current Debt Cost" button. Next, enter the consolidating loan's interest rate, term and any origination fees that might apply and click the "Compute Consolidation Loan Costs" button.

IMPORTANT: In order for the this calculator to work, each debt must have the four left-hand fields filled in (for interest-free debts enter .001 just to satisfy the required interest-rate entry). Also, be sure to enter only numbers and decimal points in the numeric entry fields. Dollar signs, percent signs, commas and spaces will cause a JavaScript error.

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TAX
  Tax Estimator

BORROWING
  Loan Amortization
  Loan Comparison
  Missing Loan Term
  Debt  Consolidation

INVESTMENT
  Portfolio Mix
  Compounding Interval
  Single Future Value
  Periodic Future Value
  Savings Time
  Savings Goal
  Lump Sum Savings
  Retirement Savings
  IRA Distributions
  College Funding

MORTGAGE
  Mortgage Qualification
  Bi-Weekly Mortgage
  Mortgage Refinancing
  Payoff Goal
  Rent vs. Buy

BUDGETING
  Net Worth
  Cash Flow
  Expense Percentage
  Wage Conversion
  Irregular Payments
  Credit Card Payment
  Debt Investment
  Average Interest Rate
  Real Hourly Wage
  Lifetime Earnings
  Generic Savings
  Car Cost Comparison
  Transportation Savings

 

 

 
Entry Columns
Calculated Columns
#
Payment
Description
Principal
Balance
Interest
Rate
Payment
Amount
Interest
Cost
# of Pmts
Left
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
  Totals
Consolidation Loan Terms
Enter the Consolidating Loan's Annual Interest Rate (APR):
Enter the Consolidating Loan's term (number of years):
Enter total of any Consolidation Loan Fees:
Results
Without
Consol-
idating
With
Consol-
idating
Difference
Total of Monthly Payment(s):
Months until debts are paid off:
Total Cost (Interest Charges and Loan Fees):
Summary

 

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