previous balance method


A technique for calculating finance charges on a credit card account that takes the outstanding balance at the end of the previous billing period and applies the interest rate to that total. Charges in the current billing period are not included. Interest charges are usually higher under this method than under other methods, such as adjusted balance, and average daily balance methods.

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The previous balance method was a really good technique and we used it all the time and it worked great.

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You may want to try and use the previous balance method to figure out far you have gone in the recent times.

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Even though I paid off my credit card last month, I will still need to pay a finance charge this month because they adhere to the previous balance method.

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