Personal loan hacks to see you through 2018

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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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Trying to score your way into a personal loan that will work in your favour in more than one way? Whether you are looking for a personal loan with low interest rates that will help fund your wedding, dream holiday, or simply consolidate your debt, knowing a hack or two can save you in the long run. Here are five simple hacks that you would wish you knew earlier.

Automatic payments

Save yourself the trouble of possibly slipping up on your repayments because you forgot by setting up an automatic payment schedule with your bank. You might have heard of this advice, but the bonus tip you can do with this is round off your payments, by squeezing in a little more. Whatever the amount you want to round off to it can help you save in terms of the interest rate on your loan.

Migrate your balances

You could consider transferring your personal loan debt to a balance transfer credit card. One of the common uses of a personal loan is to consolidate existing debt that comes in the form of credit card debt, student and car loans that need to be paid off.

You will be able to get a lower interest by consolidating or interest free months that can extend to 24 months by consolidating your loans rather than paying for them individually.

Pay off your loan early

If there is one goal that you can thank yourself immensely for keeping, it would be this one. When you sign on a personal loan you agree to certain repayment term lengths. Paying it off before the agreed term is considered to be paying your fees early. Most lenders won’t charge you anything for this, but there are some who might. It will always be in your best interest to ask about the terms and conditions to understand what comes with the loan.

Watch out for fees and extra’s

The last thing you would want is to celebrate too early because you found a personal loan, but failed to check the fees and extra’s that come with it. This small detail could have you paying out more than you expected. Check the fees and extra’s that come with it and see if it would be something that would be suited towards your needs. You most powerful weapon is to ask.

Do you really need a personal loan?

Your immediate answer could be yes, and this might be justified by the great sign on deals that are currently going on with the promise of a low interest rate. However, you will need to ask yourself if this is worthwhile for your money in the long run? Is the 0% interest rate that comes with a balance transfer card really a sweet deal or is there certain conditions to this 0%?

When it all boils down to it a personal loan can be of great assistance for those emergency cases where you need a money injection to see you through, but it also best to re-analyse your spending habits and budget to see where you need to make adjustments. Always compare a loan to get a better offer before putting your name on the dotted line.

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