My wife and I currently have $23,000 in credit card debt, which is eating us alive. Most of this was racked up during our college years as my wife had to put herself through school on her own. We are now both 27.
I started tracking expenses 2 months ago, after all the monthly bills are paid we have $600 left over- or should. The problem is the $600 gets eaten up by clothing for our daughter, toys, vet bills, all the random things that just don't get on the monthly bill list.
I contacted a national bank and requested a $23,000 personal loan to pay the credit cards off. They would only do $15,000 which would pay off the largest credit card we have. The interest rate is 9.9% and would save us $50 a month- and be paid off in 5 years vs 85!
This leaves us with $8000 in debt.
I have 3 options here:
-Apply for another personal loan at a different bank (doubt they would give me one?)
-Ask for a loan from a family member.
-Ask my parents to take a home equity loan out for the full $23,000 and let us make the payments. I do not know if they would help us like this or not, their house is paid for and has been for awhile. The payment would be low enough that defaulting should not be a concern.
I also have $70,000 +/- in a 401K but have been told I can not take a loan out against it (due to program rules?). We are very responsible with our money, but can't seem to get these cards behind us.
My goal here is to just get all the debt off the cards and into something that is a low fixed rate.
Any thoughts out there?"