I'd like to transfer a balance on to another card, because I'm currently paying high APR. But it has a balance transfer fee. Should I avoid it or go ahead?

Answered on January 08, 2018
Updated on January 08, 2018
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Amy Miller Amy Miller
Paying fees won't make anyone happy. Cards usually charge a fee of 3% for balance transfers, and if your overall balance is hefty, that might be quite considerable. However, if you do the math, you'll see what you are paying for. If the card of your choice has a 0% intro APR, you will save a lot on the interest that you won't pay monthly. With the intro period around 12 months on average you can subtract the amount of all your interest that you would pay if you stayed with you current card. Look at the difference with the balance transfer fee, and you'll see that what you save is much more than the fee charged.
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