5 things you should never use a personal loan for

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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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, updated on November 25th, 2021       

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There are various reasons why people take out a personal loan. You could be considering taking out a personal loan to consolidate your debt, purchase a car, do renovations to your home to name a few. But there are a few things that you shouldn’t use a personal loan for or you could end up in more financial trouble than before.

Recreational purposes

Personal loans are a great way to give yourself the needed financial boost. But you will have to reconsider the loan if you are planning to take it out for recreational purposes such as shopping or a holiday. Although there are some Australians who usually take a loan for a holiday, it is wise to keep it at a low amount instead of basing all your holiday expenses on a personal loan. Keep in mind that whatever amount you borrow you will have to pay back with interest.

Business purposes

There are business loans that are specifically designed towards funding a business. Business loans tend to come with flexible repayments and terms that will work perfectly with your cash flow. Furthermore, you will be able to borrow amounts ranging from $5,000-$300,000 that come with a reasonable interest rate.

You can save the money

A personal loan can be an easy to access financial option, but if you can save up for the same amount you are applying for then you would be better off saving, especially if it isn’t an urgent need. There are already 53% of Australians that put aside money to save up for a holiday. This will help you avoid the interest that comes with a personal loan and it will also help you make a once of payment once your money is al saved up.


Investing money into stock markets or venture businesses can also be a risk. The issue here is that you do not know whether you will make returns on your investment. Taking out a personal loan can come with high interest rates due to the risk that comes with investing in such speculative activities.

Home renovations that don’t add value

There are renovator delights and there are renovator nightmares. It all depends on how you plan out your finances and know what will add value to your home when it comes to renovations. It is vital to calculate the expenses that come with renovating and the time frame which is needed to complete the project or else you are planning to fail. Doing research on renovations that add value to your home will also save you from losing money on a botched renovation idea.

Making a personal loan work for your situation requires an evaluation of your current financial status to see whether or not you can afford it. Looking at the repayment terms of the loan and the interest rate that comes with it will help you see if you will be able to afford the loan throughout its term.

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