If you’ve got an outstanding balance on your credit card, our handy calculator will help you work out how long it will take to pay it off.
You just need to know the interest rate your card charges, which you can find on your statement, and how much you can afford to pay back each month.
By increasing your monthly repayment, it will also calculate how much faster you can clear your debt and how much you’ll save in overall interest.
Update: coronavirus and credit card debt
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has introduced new rules that mean providers must grant a minimum three-month repayment freeze to anyone struggling to pay their credit card debts.
To apply for a freeze, speak to your provider and make sure you have it officially agreed before stopping any payments. Bear in mind that interest will continue to build up and will be added to later payments – so only take a payment holiday if you really need one. More details here.
Credit Card Calculator
See how much it will cost to pay off your credit card, and how long will it take
How much do you owe on your credit card?
This rate of interest determines how much it costs for you to borrow on the credit card.
You should be able to find it on your statement, usually in a summary box on the back. Unless you have changed cards recently, it's likely to be between about 14.9% and 29.9%.
If you can't find it, get in touch with your card provider - they will be able to tell you simply and quickly.
Enter the size of the payment you typically make each month.
If you aren't sure, look back at your last three statements to see how much you paid on those.
Use the slider above then update your results to see how adjusting your monthly payments can reduce the total amount you repay
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Representative example: If you spend £1,200 at an annual interest rate of 18.9% (variable), your representative APR will be 18.9% APR (variable).
How do I pay off my credit card balance faster?
You either need to increase your repayments or look to move the debt on to a balance transfer card where you’ll pay 0% interest for a set number of months – giving you more time to pay off what you owe without accruing interest.
How does a balance transfer card work?
A balance transfer credit card buys you time to clear your debt, and might be a useful option in the short term.
It functions the same as other credit cards, but its primary use is to allow you to move money onto it, normally from another credit card with a higher interest rate.
There are a few things to understand before you go for a balance transfer card:
- There is likely to be fee (often between 0.5-5% for moving the balance) – although this is often outweighed by the savings you can make from no longer paying interest on your old credit card
- They are designed specifically for balance transfers and you’re likely to find they charge a higher interest rate if you use them for purchases, for example, or spending abroad
- By clearing your old credit card, you will have to resist the temptation to use its available balance and just rack up additional debt
- Applying for any form of credit will leave a mark on your credit report that can damage your future ability to borrow. Our eligibility checker tool will only show you the cards that you’re likely to be accepted for
How much will a new credit card cost?
Only a few credit cards come with an annual fee (these normally offer other benefits such as gadget insurance), but they can be expensive if you use them incorrectly.
Some of the key things to avoid include missing minimum payments or breaking your credit limit.
If you don’t clear the balance in full every month, you will also be hit with interest charges and you can also pay over the odds for using your credit card abroad.
Different credit cards have different benefits. Some charge 0% on purchases for a set period, others are fee-free when used abroad.
The important thing is to use your card for the specific reason you got it. Read more on How much does a credit card cost?
Compare credit cards
Whichever type of credit card you want, compare deals on MoneySuperMarket and it’ll be easier to find the right card for you.
Just tell us a little about your finances and what you want to use your new card for and we’ll give you a tailored list of credit cards which you can sort by interest rate, any fees and charges, and how likely it is that you’ll be accepted if you apply.
This can help you keep your credit intact as you can minimise the chance of being rejected and therefore having to apply again in the near future.
Once you’ve found the card you want, just click through to the provider to finalise your application.
If your lender accepts your application, they’ll send you your card in the post along with your own credit limit and interest rate.
When you get your card, you’ll just need to activate it and it’ll be ready to use.