This is a common question that people have. My answer depends on your previous behavior.
If you’re someone who has been making progress of paying down your debts, then the answer is pay off the high interest loan first. Since you’ve shown the discipline necessary to make progress against your debts, then you should go with the financially correct answer. Paying down your debts is already a part of your muscle memory, so apply those muscles against the highest interest loan.
On the other hand, if you’re just starting to pay off debt or you’ve historically had trouble paying down debts, you need to focus on your psychology first. You want to get a quick win and get a reward of a zero balance statement to reinforce the success of what you’re doing. Otherwise, Monkey Brain is going to tell you that you’re failing and to just go back to doing the same old thing that you’ve been doing. You need to beat your Monkey Brain first and get a win under your belt so that you develop discipline and good habits before you start tackling the bigger debts.
The most important thing, though, is to pay off something. Paying off the big one or the little one is way better than paying neither one off.
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