Credit card debt and new baby on the way?

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I know this sounds like a CRAZY question.
My husband and I currently have about $ 2,800 in credit card debt. We are also expecting our first child at the end of January ’08.
Has anyone else out there gone into first time parent hood with credit card debt?
If so, was your debt like mine? Or worse? Or better?
We only pay about $ 200 a month to it and I know, with a baby in our lives, that may be less… but I guess I just needed a pep talk. We are working hard at paying it off and saving money at the same time, but…. I feel like I should be debt free when the baby arrives and that’s not going to happen!!!!
Thanks guys 🙂

13 Comments
  1. Reply
    sam n
    November 10, 2011 at 5:35 am

    congrats on the baby sucks that your in debt

    good luck with the baby

  2. Reply
    S P
    November 10, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Jan 08 is 4-5 months away, depending on timing. Just pay one-forth each month until then. Take action now. Get second or third jobs. Cut your budget to the bone.

  3. Reply
    kate
    November 10, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I refused to get pregnant until the finances were in order ,
    But some people are braver .

    Best of luck with the baby !

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  4. Reply
    ErinFromOz
    November 10, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Not many people have babies debt-free. There are mortgages, car payments, etc. Treat your credit card debt like you would a mortgage or car payment…as something that HAS to be paid a certain amount evety month or else. Budget around it no matter what. Before you know it you’ll be debt-free and have some extra income. $ 2800 is not that bad by today’s standards..you’ll get there! Congrats on the baby.

  5. Reply
    fradykat
    November 10, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I was in more debt then you were when I had my daughter. I am now debt free with the exception of car & mortgage. I have no credit card balances. I worked hard and saved. I also found a few websites that allowed me to make money to pay off my credit cards so that I didn’t have to get a second job. Being pregnant and working just one job is stressful enough. Send me an email if you want to know how I work at home in my spare time doing referals. I will share the info free that I learned the hard way.

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    my brain hurts
    November 10, 2011 at 7:38 am

    My debt is alot more than yours 🙁 and I’m due around the same time. I am currently working with my mortgage company to lower my monthly payments, and you could do something similar. If you have a good history with the company, ask if they can possibly lower the interest rate. Failing that, see if you can transfer the balance to a card with one of those 0% interest introductory deals. It may help you pay off the card sooner if you don’t have any interest payments.

  7. Reply
    lura_jenkins
    November 10, 2011 at 7:41 am

    For the next 4 months, “pretend” that you already
    have the baby with respect to expenses. You’re going
    to have to buy food, diapers, medicine, blankets, etc
    for the baby, so take *that* money and pay down your
    credit card bills now. When the baby comes, you’ll be
    used to having that part of your budget being taken,
    and your credit card debt will be smaller.

  8. Reply
    xoxocrystalxoxo2003
    November 10, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Dont worry about the debt you will be fine don’t let that credit card run you.. You have a baby on the way.. Everything will be fine.Just calm down and focus on other things the bills will always be there at one time or the other you and your family are the most important thing right now.

  9. Reply
    stormwarnfm
    November 10, 2011 at 8:44 am

    there’s an old saying…if you wait until you’re out of debt to have a baby, you’ll never have one.

    $ 2800 isn’t that bad, honestly, unless you make less than 1/2 of that per month.

    Just put as much extra cash toward the debt as you can.

    Depriving (meaning not splurging as often) now will save you from being overly deprived (and not by choice) in the future.

    Best of luck honey…congrats on the pregnancy!

  10. Reply
    cbryan57
    November 10, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Depending on the inrtrest rate $ 200 will never retire the debt Also the new CC tems are gong to a 3% min or a $ 300 payment. Savings shoud reuce the debt, do the math

  11. Reply
    Shawn J
    November 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Hey Guys

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  12. Reply
    Pitty T
    November 10, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Credit card debt consolidation adds up all your unpaid balances and converts them into a single payment. This payment is far lesser than each of the individual payments.

    When you finalize a plan with a debt consolidation company, the company repays your dues to your creditors. Then you make a single payment to the consolidation company every month. Your average new interest rate is much below the old interest rate.
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  13. Reply
    Hendry
    November 10, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Hi,
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