Financial advisors will tell you that it is time to embrace the saving days of the past and forgo the borrowing days that are here. But no matter how many you hear this, you will still borrow money. Why? Is borrowing so entrenched in our society that it is impossible to scrimp and save until you can afford something? Hardly! The truth of the matter is that saving for major purchases is just not as feasible today as it was in the past. Soaring property prices, business expenses, costly repairs and the price of living have created a need for loans and other modern financial options.
No matter what you need in today’s economy, there is a loan to assist you. Some of the best loans offered include home loans, car loans, education loans and business loans. Other types of loans include personal loans, Christmas club loans, and revolving loans such as credit cards and store credit cards. Not all loans are created equal. And even the best loans can bury you in debt if you don’t use them the right way.
To ensure that you don’t ‘max out’ your borrowing power and end up under a mountain of debt, you have to assess your needs and choose only the best loans to fit those needs. You may want a top of the range car, nice house, designer clothes and scrapbooks full of holiday photos, but can you afford all of it? This is where loan abuse can come into play. You should only borrow what you should afford. Never finance a lavish lifestyle that is above your means.
When you assess your loan needs, you may have to make sacrifices. For example: If you want to live in a sought after neighbourhood, you will have to pay more for your home. In order to afford such a home, you may have to drive an old second hand car that is paid for until you can SAVE the money for a new car. It’s all about picking and choosing the best loans to suit your needs.
When it comes time to choose the best loans to fit your lifestyle, you need to really think about how you live. What is important to you? What can you live without? Do you NEED a nice, dependable car for work? Do you need to pay for a child’s education? Put all of your needs on a list and mark them according to your priorities. The needs that come out on top are what you should finance. You can save for the rest.
You should also keep a close eye on your mix of credit. Most financial advisors recommend that you have one secured loan for every two to three unsecured loans that you have. This includes credit cards. A house payment and a couple of credit cards are ideal. Once you get multiple secured and unsecured loans, you may not be able to keep up. Remember; even the best loans need to be used properly.