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6.2 Buying Now, Paying Later

6.2 Buying Now, Paying Later
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  • Math Help

    Note that Example 3 has been simplified for illustrative purposes and you are not expected to know how to create the spreadsheet shown in Example 3. For instance, to calculate the interest, you would need to know the average daily balance, the number of days in the billing period, and when any payments are made. The point of the example is to demonstrate how long it takes to pay off a credit card when making only minimum payments. You can learn more about credit cards in Exercises 19-24.

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  • Checkpoint Solution
    1. Using a spreadsheet, you can see that it would take 66 months to pay off the debt if you paid $75 each month.

    2. Sum the interest column to see that the total interest paid is $2390.86.
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    Ron Larson (author)6 years ago |
    Look closely at the figures in Example 3. The lesson for personal budgets is clear.
    1. If you use a credit card, pay it off each month.
    2. If you can't pay the card off each month, pay as much as you can afford.
    3. If you only make the minimum payment, expect to pay outrageous interest charges.
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