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Author: ishtarastarte Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 308683  
Subject: Re: 401K Date: 5/24/2001 3:08 PM
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My wife has a 401K thru a previous employer and I am considering taking that money and putting it on my highest balance and pay most of it down. My wife and I are 30 and 31 yoa, respectively. I believe she only has about 4K in the 401K and we owe about 5800.00 on the credit card. I believe with our ages that we have plenty of time save up for our retirement as long as we get these credit cards paid off. We had 13 credit cards and now we are down to three. I guess I am just really looking for some recommendations on my idea or what to do. My wife's new employee is with the local board of education and they have a 403B and a mandatory retirement that she contributes to. We are planning on opening up a Roth IRA within the next six months to start her retirement back up.

I hope this makes since.


Well, it sort of makes sense. But did you consider the tax implications? If she doesn't put the 4K in an IRA, she'll have to pay taxes on it. You'll end up with much less then the 4k to actually put toward your debt, and even that wouldn't pay it off. You're mortgaging your wife's future to pay off debt. I say it just doesn't look like a good idea. It sounds like you've been paying off debt for a while and you're getting tired. I totally understand, but I don't think this is the way to go. Just keep paying them down as you can, you'll be alright soon!

Ishtar

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