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|Subject: Re: Paying off the balance||Date: 1/1/1998 10:47 PM|
|Author: shess||Number: 372 of 309603|
<<Which should have priority retireing [credit card] debt or building the cash reserve for the next unplaned expense>>
The big thing here is that if you have low balances on your plastic, you probably don't _need_ a cash reserve. [I'd still _want_ one, though.] You can most likely charge emergency expenses, and meanwhile you're getting a better return from paying things down than having the money around.
Note that I'm thinking in 3-6 months cash reserve terms, here. If your cash reserve is under a month's worth, then that's clearly more important. Some things, like rent, just can't be charged, and you definitely don't want to be using those "convenience" checks to get it on the plastic.
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