Take care of your funeral expenses with a personal loan

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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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Sending off your loved one with dignity is anyone’s wish. However, if they had no funeral policy in place it can be difficult to juggle the various expenses that come with a funeral. Taking out a personal loan can help you flexibly manage the expenses without having to break the bank to do so. These three handy tips can help you choose a personal loan that is suitable for your needs.

Know the cost

Before you look for ways to finance a funeral, calculating the cost beforehand can help you adequately cover it. This also means setting a budget in place so that you do not overspend on things that you could do without. The cost of a funeral can cost $4,000 for a basic cremation to $15,000 for pricy caskets. Create a budget that will adequately cover the basics such as:

  • Funeral director’s fee
  • Funeral service
  • Casket
  • Gravesite
  • Grave preparation
  • Headstone
  • Embalming

The pros of taking out a funeral loan

Planning a funeral in advance can help you compare your options calmly and see what other options are available to you. The same goes for taking out a funeral loan which is a personal loan that you can use to take care of your funeral expenses. Some of the benefits that come with taking out a funeral loan are:

  • You can spread out costs. You can choose to pay back your loan over a select period that is suitable for your finances.
  • Access to low rates. You can get access to multiple lenders to access a rate that is affordable to you.
  • Can adequately cover costs. Taking out a loan makes more sense when you are in an emergency and have to handle expenses without crippling your finances.

Mistake to avoid when taking out a funeral loan

As much as funeral loans can come with benefits that can help families during this difficult time, it is still important that you check that the loan is suitable for your circumstances. This means comparing various interest rates and using a loan calculator to see if the interest rate will be affordable over the term of the loan.

Comparing loans can help you find one that is financially within your reach, which means you need to check your credit score and credit report before applying. Borrowing according to the needs of the funeral can help you take out an amount that will adequately cover your expenses.

Overspending by taking out more than you should on a loan can create debt and also pile up the interest that is owed. Always keep in mind to compare and calculate so that while you send your loved one off in a dignified manner you won’t be left with a mounting debt to take care of.

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