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Consumer brief (12/19/2007)
* MADISON, Wis. (12/20/07)--Tempted by 0% deferred financing for large purchases? Unless you’re disciplined and know you’ll pay off the entire amount before the stated period, you might be better off putting the purchase on a low-interest credit card or taking out a personal loan. Neglecting to pay off the balance in time--even if your final payment is received just one day late--means you’ll be socked with high interest charges back-dated to the date of purchase. If you decide to go the 0% route and the stated period is one year at 0% interest, divide the total purchase amount by 11 and make 11 monthly payments before the 12 months are up. But if you’re not sure your budget can handle those payments, just say no to 0% financing (Credit Union National Association Center for Personal Finance) …


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