Debt Payoff Planner 2.0 Help
Debt Payoff Planner 2.0 Help
Table of Contents
Learn how to create a plan and track your progress with the new and improved Debt Payoff Planner
App Help and FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Desktop access is available at https://app.debtpayoffplanner.com/
Note that multi-device access (using both mobile and desktop) is available to Pro members
To use the previous version:
- On the ‘Sign up’ page click the link at the bottom of the page that says ‘Use DPP1 instead’ and confirm the selection by clicking the ‘OK’ button.
- If you are already signed in, you can go to the ‘Settings’ menu and click ‘Sign out’. This will take you to the ‘Sign in’ page. Click the link at the bottom of the page that says ‘Sign up here’ to navigate to the ‘Sign up’ page.
You may have a DPP2 account that is not up-to-date with the latest DPP1 data. If you want a fresh migration of your DPP1 data into DPP2, you can go to Settings -> My account -> Delete account (at the bottom of the page) and delete the DPP2 account. Now go to the Sign-in page and sign-in using your regular DPP1 credentials. When it asks how you’d like to handle your existing DPP1 account, choose ‘Migrate’. Now you’re all up-to-date.
Please note that DPP1 and DPP2 do not sync. If you have made changes in DPP2, these will not show up in DPP1. This should be considered before deleting the DPP2 account in order to migrate the data again.
Recurring funding is the money that you’ll need to set aside to pay off your debt. Below is an example where the combined minimum payments of all debts is $365, and an extra $34 is being applied to the debts once per month on the 1st. This means that each month you’d need to set aside $399 by the 1st of the month. On the Tracking page, there is a transaction called ‘Recurring funding’ in this amount of $399 on the 1st of the month. Marking this transaction as complete is how we acknowledge that this money is available for the month to pay toward are debts.
You are able to add in an additional payment(s) in the Tracking page. For example, in the debt below the payoff plan is telling you to pay $120, but you actually paid $200. You can modified the ‘Payment amount’ by clicking on the amount and changing it to $200. Once you save this, the whole plan will automatically be updated accordingly (no need to add in a one-time payment on the Strategy page for this; that’s for advanced planning).
Furthermore, if you were to make the $120 minimum payment, and then come back later and add the other $80, you can record this as a Multiple transaction. This is shown in the second screenshot.
- Please check your spam folder and see if the email ended up there.
- There is sometimes a delay from the email sender and the email will show up within 5 minutes or so
- If you don’t see the email after 5 minutes, try to click the ‘Resend code’ link. Oftentimes it will show up on the second attempt.
- If you are still not seeing an email, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the name of your email address so we can help you out.
You can customize your extra payment priority by selecting one of the ‘Custom’ options in the ‘Extra payment priority’ page that is accessed from the ‘Strategy’ page. The actual custom order that corresponds to the strategy page is set in the Debts page. To change the custom priority, select ‘Custom’ from the ‘Sort by’ dropdown, ‘Edit’ the order, and drag-and-drop the debts. The debt in the top position will receive priority for the extra payments.
You are able to reset your forgotten password by accessing the ‘Forgot password’ link on the ‘Sign in’ page. You can get there by going to Settings -> Sign out and click the ‘Forgot Password’ link. This will send you an email you can use to reset your password.
Occasionally the internet can be a bit finicky and you’ll see an error that says ‘Houston we have a problem’.
- Try and close the app and reopen it
- Try to switch from WiFi to Cell data or from Cell data to WiFi
- Try to clear out your network settings:
- Turn off the WiFi and turn on airplane mode on the phone (so it’s completely disconnected from the internet)
- Close the app (hard close it, not just backgrounding it)
- Reopen the app (you should see an error about no connection)
- Turn on the WiFi and turn off airplane mode
- Reopen the app
- Try to wait a couple of days. We know this is frustrating, but most of the time it has to do with some configurations being set incorrectly somewhere in the internet and these get refreshed after a couple of day
Debt Payoff Planner will automatically compute your total minimum payment so that it can cover all of your future payments, regardless of whether you have a monthly, biweekly, or weekly schedule.
For debts that are paid biweekly, DPP will automatically compute a total minimum payment that can cover months where a biweekly debt needs to be paid 3 times. This can result in an occasional extra amount being applied to the debt on the months where there are only 2 payments.
Let’s look at an example. In this case there is a single debt that is paid biweekly (every other Friday), but the ‘Recurring funding’ (the money you set aside to pay off your debts) is set to monthly. So we already know that some months will be paid twice and others 3 times.
The automatically computed monthly minimum payment for the recurring funding is $1,350, which is 2.25X the biweekly minimum payment for the debt. This means that every 4 months there will be enough extra money to make the 3rd monthly payment. This is exactly what we see in the plan. We make 2 minimum payments for the months of March, April, and May. We set aside an extra $150 for the months of March, April, May, and June in order to make that additional $600 payment in June.
The reason there is an extra $150 available in July is because there are 5 months until December, which is the next time we’ll have 3 payments due in the same month. The plan automatically figures out there would be this surplus, so it recommends you pay extra as soon as possible in order to payoff the debt fastest.
This is the magic of the snowballing your payments when you pay off each debt! With Debt Payoff Planner once one debt gets paid off, that amount will go towards paying off the other debts faster. Because this snowballed amount is always in addition to the minimum payment, you are paying directly on your principal. Thus it’s common to see the case where you add your first debt and your payoff date is in 2 years, but when you add a second debt your payoff date for both is in only 1 year.