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Math 1050 Credit Card Debt Assignment Meaghan Barrett

Name _________________________________

You have received your monthly credit card statement and must now deal with the financial realities of last month’s
birthday celebration. While your milestone in years was deserving of a celebration, dealing with the $2000 in credit card
charges will require some planning.

Your credit card statement lists the APR (Annual Percentage Rate) for your balance to be 14.4%. This is the yearly
interest rate the credit card company uses in calculating interest due on your balance. The credit card company
compounds interest monthly. Your monthly interest rate on credit card charges will be:

APR 0.144
i= = = 0.012
12 12

The minimum payment required by your credit card company is $25/month. Assuming that you do not make any new
charges to your account, answer the following questions to help you determine the best plan for paying off this credit
card debt.

1. To begin with, let’s check out the plan of only paying the minimum amount due each month. To get a feel for how
this will affect the balance, finish filling in the following table using the minimum monthly payment of $25. Round
each answer to the nearest cent.
Month Old Balance Interest Payment New Balance
1 $2000.00 $24.00 $25.00 $1999.00
2 $1999.00 $23.99 $25.00 $1997.99
3 $1997.99 $23.97 $25.00 $1996.96
4 $1996.96 $23.96 $25.00 $1995.92
5 $1995.92 $23.95 $25.00 $1994.87
6 $1994.87 $23.93 $25.00 $1993.80
7 $1993.80 $23.92 $25.00 $1992.72
8 $1992.72 $23.91 $25.00 $1991.63
9 $1991.63 $23.89 $25.00 $1990.52
10 $1990.52 $23.88 $25.00 $1989.40
11 $1989.40 $23.87 $25.00 $1988.27
12 $1988.27 $23.85 $25.00 $1987.12
2. What is the total amount that has been paid to the credit card company at the end of the first year?

$25 *12 = $300

3. How much of the original balance has been paid off at the end of the first year?

$2000-$1987.12 = $12.88
Math 1050 Credit Card Debt Assignment Meaghan Barrett
Name _________________________________

4. From looking at the new balances over the first year, how many years do you think it will take to pay off the $2000?
(This is a guess so there is no wrong answer. Before moving on, write down your best estimate.)

$2000/12 =166 years

5. A formula for calculating the payment, P , required to pay off a debt of amount D in M months with monthly
interest rate i is
D i
P=
1 − (1 + i )
−M

Solve this formula for M , where M is the number of months it will take to pay off a debt D . Attach all your work in
solving for M to the end of this assignment.

M= =ln((-2000)(0.012)-1/25)/-ln(1+0.012)

6. Use your formula for M to fill in the following table for the given values of P , using D = $2000.00 and i = 0.012 .
Attach all your work to the end of this assignment.

Monthly Payment P $25.00 $50.00 $75.00


Number of Months to Pay off Debt
(Round to two decimal places.) 269.85 54.82 32.33
Number of Years to Pay off Debt
(Round to nearest tenth of a year.) 22.5 4.6 2.7
Total Amount Paid to Credit Card Company
(Round to nearest dollar.) $6746 $2741 $2425

7. (a) How large would your monthly payment have to be in order to pay off your debt in 12 months? Round up to the
next nearest cent.

$179.95

(b) What is the total amount paid to the credit card company, rounded to the nearest dollar?

$2159
Math 1050 Credit Card Debt Assignment Meaghan Barrett
Name _________________________________

8. What is the best plan for paying off the $2000? Why?
The best way to pay the debt is to make higher payments of
$179.95 to pay it off in 12 months.

9. What is the worst plan? Why?

The worst plan is to make payments of $25. It incurs a lot of interest and
takes much longer to pay off the debt.

10. What should you do if you cannot afford to make the payments required by the best plan?
Make payments that are in the middle so not to incur higher
interest rates and to somewhat be able to pay off the debt.

11. What are two things that the average consumer can learn by completing this assignment?

i. Paying the minimum amount of the debt is not beneficial.

ii. Going into debt sucks. Do not go into debt. If you do go into debt
pay off more of the principle so to have less interest to pay in the
long run.