Taking out a personal loan when you are cash strapped

Published on November 24th, 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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Being able to stay on top of multiple loan repayments can become a struggle, especially if there are multiple interest rates and fees you have to deal with. This is why debt consolidation can work for people who want to roll their debt under one loan using a personal loan. Here is what you need to know before you take out a personal loan to consolidate your debt.

How can you use a personal loan to consolidate debt?

There are many uses for a personal loan which can also come in handy for people who are cash strapped. With various lenders offering personal loans available on the market, borrowers can choose one that comes with the lowest interest rate and fees to help them manage their finances. However, without weighing the pros and cons that come with using a personal loan, you could end up in more trouble than before.

How can a personal loan help people who are cash strapped?

When it seems like you have more month than cash, or even feel like meeting your monthly repayments on various credit cards and loans is becoming a tight squeeze you could consider taking out a personal loan to ease the strain.

A personal loan comes with a low interest rate and flexible repayment plans that can help people who are cash strapped better manage their monthly repayments and could help them dig their way out of debt.

Depending on your credit score and credit report, you will be able to access a personal loan that comes with features such as a line of credit, a fixed interest rate, and depending on your lender you will be able to lock in your repayments amount.

Things to consider before taking out a personal loan

One of the mistakes that borrowers make is not checking the loan features such as the fees, repayment plan, interest rate, and charges that come with it which can affect the repayment of the loan and lead to defaults that can impact your credit score.

Not having a budget in place to help you keep track of what you spend your money on and better manage your finances can contribute to people falling further into debt. To check if you will be able to afford a loan it is vital that you compare your options and see if you can make extra repayments on the loan. Check to see if the loan will allow you to make extra repayments without attracting a penalty fee.

When to not take out a personal loan

Carefully considering why you are applying for a personal loan can help you know if it will help you manage your finances better. Taking out a personal loan for something that you can save up for such as purchasing furniture, going on holiday, or on food may not be the best thing to do. It is advisable to avoid taking out a personal loan when you do not have a steady stream of employment can also be a financial risk.

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Approval for personal loans is always subject to our lender’s terms, conditions and qualification criteria. Lenders will undertake a credit check in line with responsible lending obligations to help determine whether you’re in a position to take on the loan you’re applying for.

The interest rate, comparison rate, fees and monthly repayments will depend on factors specific to your profile, such as your financial situation, as well as others, such as the loan’s size and your chosen repayment term. Costs such as broker fees, redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, aren’t included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts may result in a different comparison rate.

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