4 essential tips on managing personal loan debt

Published on November 23rd, 2020
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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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A personal loan can act as a financial boost to help your purchase various items and also pay off debt that you may have. However, it is possible to bite off more than you can chew and end up falling into a debt trap with something that was supposed to help you. These four essential tips can help you make your way to better managing your personal loan debt. Here is what you need to know.

Assess how you have accumulated the debt

In order to fix a problem, you have to assess the source of what caused it. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your personal loan debt, taking a step back and assessing your finances can help you see where money is coming in and where it is going out. Knowing how much debt you owe and to whom can help reduce your level of stress and make it easier when creating a plan on how to pay it off. Keeping an up to date lists of when payments are due can prevent you from defaulting on further payments.

Pay what you can

No one wants the debt monkey pounding at their back. Paying off your personal loan debt by making more than the minimum requirement can be ideal, but it is not always possible. What you can do is ensure that you pay off the minimum repayment to stop your debt from growing. Creating a budget can also help you cut back in areas where you are spending too much on. You can then use whatever finances are left over to help you save towards paying off your personal loan debt. Ensure that the payments that you are making are helping you reduce the interest owed.

You could consider consolidating your debt

You can consider taking out another loan to cover the debt that is owed on your personal loan. This is also known as debt consolidation. Debt consolidation helps you combine multiple debts that you may have into a single loan term that comes with a lower interest rate to help you manage your repayments. However, it is important to note that debt consolidation is not a quick fix and will not be effective if you have not changed the way you manage your finances or have no budget set in place. You can use a debt consolidating calculator to see if this the best option for you.

Compare, compare, compare

The last thing that you will want is to choose an option out of pressure or in a rushed state and end up in more financial woe than before. When comparing finance options that can make it easier for you to ease your way out of your personal loan debt consider things such as:

  • Affordability. Does it work with your current financial circumstance? Are there any fees or charges that you may have to pay? Will a longer or shorter term be suitable for you?
  • Interest rate. Will you be able to afford the interest rate of the loan, especially if it were to rise by 1%?
  • Penalty fees. Will your loan allow you to pay off the loan early and are there any exit fees that can affect how you pay off your loan?

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