There are many different types of borrowing and some are much more expensive than others. It is always worth comparing them so that you can use the cheapest option possible. It can be the case though, that only more expensive options are available to us. This could be because we have a poor credit rating or because we do not have time to organise any other type of loan. It is always worth thinking hard about any type of borrowing, but if it is really expensive, you need to consider harder. This is because you will be spending out even more in interest and charges to the lender.
Do you really need it?
Every time that you borrow money you should be contemplating whether you really need the money. This is because borrowing is expensive. Many people do not think about the cost of the borrowing but just about the items that they want to buy with the money. They have something that they really want to buy and they will do anything that they can to get it, even if that means borrowing money. If you calculate the cost of the loan and consider whether you would pay that much more for the item if it was priced at that on the shelf, then you can decide if it worth paying that extra money for them.
If you are forced to use expensive methods of borrowing, perhaps because you have limited time before making your purchase or because you have a poor credit record, then you need to think even more seriously about it. It can be a case of thinking even harder if you are prepared to pay the extra money for the loan. You may decide that it is just so dear that it is not worth it.
Can you afford the repayments?
It is really important to make sure that you can afford the repayments on the loan. The more expensive the loan, the more expensive the charges will be if you miss the repayments. Therefore you need to be aware of what the repayments will be before you take out the loan. Also find out how many repayments you will need to make and how often. Then you will be in a position to see if you can afford them. To do this look back at bank statements and see how much money you tend to have left each month and whether it is enough to cover the repayments. If you do not have spare money each month then you will need to look and see whether there are things that you are buying that you can do without, that will free up enough money to cover the cost of the loan repayments. Note how many repayments you will need to make and consider whether you can afford these every time you need to pay it. If you are unsure or know that you cannot afford it, then you need to avoid having the loan.
Does it offer good value for money?
It is really wise to think about whether the loan is offering you good value for money. Think about the amount that it will cost and what you will be using it to buy. Also consider any stress you might have as a result of the loan and what you may have to go without in order to cover the repayments. This is a lot to think about but it should allow you to work out whether you think it is worth getting the loan or not. The fact that it is expensive means that it is less likely to offer good value for money. However, it will depend on what you are using the loan for.
So you will need to be asking yourself the same questions whether you are borrowing money at a high cost or a lower one. Think about whether you really need the items that you are borrowing the money to buy. Consider whether you have any alternatives such as waiting until you save up, selling things you own, getting an advance on your salary or things like this that might help you to avoid the loan. You need to also be sure that you can afford the loan, so find out how much the repayments will be and consider whether you will be able to afford them. Consider whether you think the cost of the loan is worth it. An expensive loan will be less worth it than a cheaper one but if you have done lots of research and it is the only one that you can get, then you may still think it is worthwhile. Take time to make the decision though as once you have the loan and spend the money you cannot go back.