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How to Borrow Money Smartly

It can be very difficult to stay on top of your bills, pay for unexpected expenses, and pay for the cost of daily living. That is why sometimes you may need to borrow money to pay for items or expenses now that you will pay back later.

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You will also most likely need to borrow money when it comes to larger expenses in life like a home or car. Choosing the right way to borrow money is very important to ensure that you will not get swallowed in debt or backed into a corner when it comes to your finances. Keep reading to find out more about borrowing money the right way.

Common Loans

Line of Credit

  • A line of credit is a common type of loan that is granted to a person by a bank or other financial institution. It usually has a predetermined credit limit that the borrower can borrow. The line of credit only charges interest on the amount of money that is borrowed out of the credit limit. 

Credit Cards

  • Credit cards are one of the most common ways of borrowing money. A credit card will allow you to purchase the items you need or want now using borrowed money from the credit card company. Based upon your personal credit you will be designated a spending limit for your credit card. You can use the credit card to pay for everyday purchases but make sure that you pay it back at the end of the month so that you will not be charged interest. If you pay the minimum balance on your credit card you will continue to be charged interest which can add up quickly.  

Consolidation Loans

  • A consolidation loan is a way to pay down the debt that you may owe to multiple different creditors or banks by having it lumped together. This can lower your interest rate and allow you to pay down debt more quickly and easily. 

Mortgages

  • A mortgage loan is used to purchase a home. It is most likely the largest amount of debt you will ever take on. Mortgages have different terms including how much money you are to put down at the time of purchase (down payment), your monthly payments, and how long you have to pay off the loan. A mortgage does not just include the principle amount of money that you borrowed to purchase the home, but will also factor in interest, taxes and insurance.

Refinancing Loans

  • Refinancing loans are taken out in order to conolidate, or change the pre-existing terms of a current loan. Most often times this is also referred to as debt restructuring, and is carried out to take advantage of better interest or repayment rates. Some other reasons people may consider refinancing their debts are:
    • To consolidate other debts into a single loan, and therefore payment.
    • To reduce monthly repayment amount by increasing the loan's term.
    • To free up cash by reducing monthly payments in exchange for lower interest rates, longer terms, or both.
    • To reduce or alter risk by switching from a variable rate loan to a fixed rate loan.

Borrowing Money Tips

  • Do not borrow money to buy unnecessary items.
  • Avoid borrowing money from friends and family if possible.
  • Do not ignore your loans.
  • Have a budget in place to pay back loans with appropriate interest.
  • Keep track of your loans and how much you owe regularly.

Deciding to borrow money is not something that should be taken lightly. Although it may seem now easier than ever to get a loan, it is still important to carefully read all of the terms of service and fine print to ensure you know the whole agreement. You can often work with the bank to find out the best type of loan or credit card would meet your personal needs and financial situation.

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