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Personal Loans: The Swiss Army Knife Of Personal Finance

Posted in Borrowing Money
October 27th 2016 by
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Sometimes life throws expensive surprises. To cover them, you’ll need to borrow. If you’re borrowing to finance one of these costly events, consider a personal loan.

1.) Weddings.

When it’s time to get married, the wedding is on- there’s no waiting for funds!
The average wedding costs over $30,000, too much for one credit card, and the interest would make it incredibly more expensive. A personal loan beats credit cards and financing; you’ll have both a better repayment plan and interest rate.
You may even benefit further if you skip the deposit and offer to pay more of the total cost up-front in exchange for a reduced bill.

2.) Adoption.

Adopting a child is the consummate kindness but can be very expensive.Costs can exceed $50,000.
Obtaining financing for this process can be difficult. Unlike traditional big expenses, there’s no collateral; no one can repossess your child if you fall behind on your loans.
A personal loan can make this process a reality. Because the terms are short, you can also pay off your loan in a relatively short time.

3.) Short-term house sales.

Shows like “Divine Design” have inspired people to purchase properties, fix them up, and sell them for a profit. This dream hobby or full-time job has one problem: capital.
When you buy a house to sell again, you’re likely borrowing as much as you can to pay for it. That doesn’t leave much money for fixing-up. Some remodeling can be done cheaply but much of it will require capital. Since you don’t have much equity in the property, borrowing against it isn’t possible.
A personal loan can be your answer. With affordable rates and flexible repayment terms, it can finance those improvements. And when you sell the house, you can repay the personal loan early without a penalty!

4.) Launching a small business.

All new small-business owners face start-up costs. While these costs may be small, it will be a while before your business turns enough profit to recoup these expenses.
A personal loan can broaden your timeline to profitability. Rather than needing to turn a profit immediately, you can take time to develop the business. Since your debt servicing is a fixed cost throughout the course of the loan, it’s also easy to plan for repayment.

5.) Extra education expenses.

Your student loans may not cover all your education costs. Additionally, if you’re going back to school later in life, many traditional funding opportunities may be closed for you.
In these instances, you can take out a personal loan to cover the extra costs of your education. Instead of paying for those costs out of pocket or with a credit card, you can pay for them up-front with a loan you can budget for going forward as it’s a fixed expense.
YOUR TURN: What would you do with a few extra thousand dollars? Would you take a dream vacation? Cover an unexpected bill? Let us know how you’d use a personal loan!
SOURCES:
https://www.theknot.com/content/what-does-the-average-wedding-cost
http://www.adoptionhelp.org/qa/how-much-does-adoption-cost
http://fitsmallbusiness.com/fix-and-flip-loans/

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