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My wife and I had 6 years of making a lot of stupid financial decisions that resulted in having 2 credit cards with a combined total of about 40k. About a year ago we changed our lives, cut up those cards and have been living by cash/debit card only. We have been making the monthly minimum payments on them which obviously will never pay them off. We don't make a lot of money and no matter how much ramen noodles and beans we eat there isn't a penny extra after payday to put anything more towards the cards. We aren't late on payments and they haven't gone to any collection agency. We will soon be getting a sum of money that will be able to pay both of these off. We have every intention of using every penny to get these two cards payed off. It is debt we created ourselves and we believe in paying it.

My question is can I call these credit card companies and offer a lump sum lesser amount than the balance and have the account considered payed off? I hear all these ads (I know most are scams) about CC companies accepting less than the balance. It's not that I'm trying to cheat the system, it would just be nice to have a little from the money I'm getting to pay other bills etc.

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Post Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:37 am
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Yes, you can negotiate a settlement. The basic tack is to convince the credit card company that you can't pay the debt and that you're going to stop making the payments and declare bankruptcy. Naturally, that's not what you plan to do or want to do, so you're playing somewhat loosely with the truth using this tack; not to say such isn't done all the time in business, but whether or not you choose to do so depends on your own personal ethics, I guess.

Here are some articles about negotiated payoffs from sites I believe to be reputable.

http://beginnersinvest.about.com/od/creditcarddebt/a/negotiate-a-credit-card-debt-settlement.htm
http://www.ehow.com/how_5759426_negotiate-payoff-deal-credit-card.html
http://voices.yahoo.com/personal-finance-negotiate-credit-card-debt-12076175.html

And yes, you want to stay away from those companies that claim to negotiate a settlement on your behalf; for a princely fee, of course. Some of them are not too reputable and could get you some black marks on your credit history with the tactics they use. Or so we've heard from some people posting stories like that here.....

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Post Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:20 am
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It is debt we created ourselves and we believe in paying it.


I think that is your answer - you are good people and you do not believe in stiffing your lenders - you want to repay what you borrowed.

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My question is can I call these credit card companies and offer a lump sum lesser amount than the balance and have the account considered payed off? I hear all these ads (I know most are scams) about CC companies accepting less than the balance.


When someone fails to repay a bank loan, the bank has to adjust their fees accordingly to cover those loses. The money in the bank belongs to the customers - savings accounts, checking accounts - and the bank is required to keep it safe and to loan it out at interest (to pay their emplyees). So when people stiff their bank, their community ends up paying higher banking fees.
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...then again, when people pay just the minimum due for years on end, the sum of the exorbitant financing costs alone can exceed the sum of the original principal plus reasonable financing costs. In those cases, I'd say it's the borrower who's the "stiffee". I don't think that's case here, yet; but there may be some future readers of this thread where it will apply.

Using the "found" money to pay off the entire remaining balance in one payment is probably the best solution to this particular case. But wouldn't have answered the question posed in the topic caption. Wink

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Yes you can negotiate on final settlement of your credit card but you have to convince the credit person that you cant pay the required money and you should go and meet the credit card company personally and discuss your reasons.
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