What is the consequence for paying off your current credit card debt with a new credit card?

I have 2 credit cards and they’re not even that much. I’ve been paying every month to reduce the balance but after interest charges, it seems to go straight back up. I recently checked my credit score, and it’s in pretty OK shape. I know if I get another credit card, my credit limit will be enough to cover for both debts. My plan is to just get a new credit card with no interest for one year and pay them off then cancel my other 2 credit cards.
Is that a safe idea? Will it affect my credit score (negatively) that much to do so?
Thanks.

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7 Responses to “What is the consequence for paying off your current credit card debt with a new credit card?”

  1. Ruthie said:

    I don’t have a credit card but listening to my friends and family complain about them I’ve come to the conclusion that credit cards are evil. I don’t know the solution but i don’t think getting another one and using it to pay off other cc debts is a very smart idea.

  2. Sean said:

    The answer will mainly depend on the terms of service on your new card: if the rates on the new card are higher than the combined rates of the old one’s, than after a year, you’ll be in a worse position than you are at the moment.

    However, if the rates are similar, then having a single card to pay off is much easier, and what you propose is a great idea.

    As far as credit score, you’ll only be negatively hit if you fail to make payments. Check the terms of service carefully!

  3. Just wonderin' said:

    Actually some of these comments are in error. Actually having more credit cards or applying for more will have an effect on your credit score. That being said, as long as you are responsible enough to pay off the new credit card and the transferred balance before the 12 months are up, the positive will outweigh the negative. Just make sure that you follow through with all of these goals without adding additional debt and you should be in good shape.

  4. evrthingnice said:

    If you have the option of transferring the balances from the other high interest credit cards to one with o interest for one year then do so.You will be saving a ton of interest payments.Do not however cancel the other two credit cards even if you never use them again in your life.They way they go about calculating your credit score is based on how much credit you actually have versus how much you owe.Every card has a credit amount and it goes up as years go by.

  5. bdancer222 said:

    If you’re only paying the minimum, it will take a very long time to pay off those cards. The minimum payment is probably just a little more than the monthly interest.

    Transferring to a 0% interest rate is a good idea provided you don’t just run the balances back up on the first two cards. However, if you don’t have one of those special offers in hand, you may have some trouble finding one. There aren’t quite so many.

    In the meantime, you could use the snowball effect to pay down those 2 credit cards. Throw every penny you can squeeze out of your budget on the highest interest rate card, while making minimum payments on the other. When the highest rate card is paid off, throw everything at the 2nd card.

  6. caleb b said:

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  7. Steve R said:

    IF you can get a card with 0% interest for one year, then do it.




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