For many credit cards the minimum payment is 1% of the balance (I thought it was supposed to go up to 2% a few years ago by law to help consumers stay out of credit card debt). Anyway, 1% of $7077 is $70.77, that's why your minimum payment is $71. The 19.99% APR is the ANNUAL percentage rate. With credit cards, interest is compounded monthly so your monthly interest rate (19.99% / 12 months) is about 1.6658%. If you pay the $71, you will be paying 1.6658% interest on $7006 next month which is about $116.71. That means your new balance will be $7122.71 without making any new purchases. If you pay $2000, you will be paying 1.6658% interest on $5077 which is about $84.57. Your new balance will be $5161.57 without making any new purchases. If you paid the minimum payment, your balance would actually go up, so the payment that you made didn't even really count. It would add the $71 that you paid and the $116.71 in interest to your balance. If you make the $2000 payment, you are knocking $1915.43 off of your balance for that month. I don't know how much you're making, but it is always best to pay as much as you can WITHIN REASON. You don't want to dump $2000 into a credit card if that $2000 could be making more somewhere else.
