Biweekly Payments: How They Work

biweekly payments

Have you heard about our newest feature release? We now offer Biweekly Payments, enabling you to split your loan payments in half and pay them automatically every other week rather than once per month. Why would you want to do this? Because it can save you thousands of dollars on interest and take years off the life of your loan. So how does this work exactly?

One Extra Payment Per Year

For starters, if you’re splitting your monthly payment in half and paying that amount every other week, you’re making a total of 26 payments biweekly (or 13 full payments) each year – as opposed to 12 full payments each year. That’s one extra payment per year! This can have a huge impact on your total debt payoff. All you have to do is set up biweekly payments through ReadyForZero and let these recurring payments withdraw automatically.

Savings Due to Lower Average Daily Balance

This is not as relevant if you’re paying off a fixed-rate mortgage or student loan. But if you’re utilizing biweekly payments to pay off credit card debt or any loan that charges interest on your average daily balance, then you’ll save even more money. Since you’re effectively lowering your average daily balance by making these payments early, then the interest charged will be on a smaller amount – allowing you to pay less.

How You Can Set This Up

1.) Activate Biweekly Payments on ReadyForZero
All you have to do is login, go to the payments tab, and click on “Make a Payment”. You’ll see an option to sign up for biweekly payments there so just follow the steps and you’ll be set up!

Biweekly Payments Modal

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2.) When Do You Get Paid
How often do you get paid and what days do these payments get deposited? You’ll want to make sure you know exactly when you’ll have enough money in your account to cover each biweekly payment when it’s withdrawn. It can take up to 5 days to process a payment so make sure your first biweekly payment is scheduled at least 5 days before your due date.

3.) Find Out When Your Due Date Is
Before you make the final decision on when your biweekly payments should be sent, make sure that you’ll have the second payment paid before or on the due date for that bill. All your biweekly payments must arrive before the due date. For example, let’s say you have a bill due on February 5. Your first payment would need to be withdrawn by January 22 so the second one will be withdrawn on February 5 – thus ensuring the whole bill to be paid on time.

4.) Turn Off Autopay (OPTIONAL STEP)
If your lender has setup automatic payments, you need to make sure you have this turned off. Once everything is setup, you can turn off automatic payments for the month that your first biweekly payments are scheduled for. Now just sit back and save.

I hope this helps you make sense of how biweekly payments work and how you can benefit from them. As always, please feel free to send an email to help@readyforzero.com any time you have questions!

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  • http://www.monsterpiggybank.com/ Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank

    I actually just wrote a large chapter in a book about this. It is amazing how big of a different just changing your payment frequency can be.

    • Shannon_ReadyForZero

      It really is truly amazing Glen – how tweaking something just a little bit can have such a powerful impact. What’s your book and when is it coming out?

  • http://www.debtroundup.com/ Grayson @ Debt Roundup

    This is an awesome new feature Shannon. I used bi-monthly payments to pay off my credit cards faster as it coincided with my pay periods.

    • Shannon_ReadyForZero

      Thanks for commenting Grayson! That’s great to hear that you found success using this on credit cards and it certainly is a lot easier when it does coincide with pay periods.

  • Heather Andrews

    I just scheduled as many bi-weekly payments as I could on my loan’s website, coinciding with my paydays. Excited to try this, thanks for turning me on to it!

    • Shannon_ReadyForZero

      You’re very welcome Heather and I’m so glad this helped! Please keep us posted on how it goes for you :).

  • Angie P

    RFZ doesn’t recognize my credit union where my savings and checking is located. I wish I could do this, it sounds great!

    • Shannon_ReadyForZero

      Hi Angie, can you email us at help@readyforzero.com? We may be able to help you out.