I'm 29, have 17,000 in credit card debt and 14,500 in an IRA. Should I use the IRA $ to wipe out the credit card debt, pay the fees and start over with the IRA, or is that a bad idea?
That's definitely a bad idea! You would not only pay income tax on the money you take from the 401k but a 10% penalty as well.If at all possible, leave the money where it is and pay off your credit card debt out of income. Put yourself on a budget and concentrate on the credit card until it's paid off. And don't use it any more.I know that sounds pretty hard to do but you'll thank yourself in the long run.Good luck!
To rob your IRA to pay off credit card debt is a horrible idea. You'd pay taxes, 10% penalty, and maybe state taxes as well. Therefore, maybe you'd get half the amount you took out for paying off debt. You'd give yourself the message that it would be all right to charge 'em up again. After all, with one fell swoop you paid it off, right? WRONG! To get rid of debt it shouldn't be easy. You have to budget, snowball, bring it down month by month. You can call your companies and ask for lower rates. You can creatively do balance transfers (watch out for up-front balance transfer fees). Hands off the IRA and pay your credit cards the old fashioned way! Best of luck, Chris
Here's a great link to kind of go along with the great opinions already. To pay off the cards you will need a behavior change, not a "windfall" of sorts.Best of Luckhttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13917876
Also: check out the Consumer Debt/ Credit Card discussion board here at TMF (listed in "Managing Your Finances").Good luck!
I am in the process of paying off a credit card myself. Do not rob your IRA, rob your lifestyle and make adjustments.
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