Personal loans are a very special type of loan, larger than payday loans and not as important as mortgage loans. They are easy to get, easy to pay, but many people seem to get into trouble with them. Let us find out why they can be such a snag at times and how to avoid this.
A general Trend
Loans have an increasing popularity. There is an enormous offer, conditions are quite interesting and generally you can obtain them with a good credit report or a good job. But loans are not always used to maintain status. A greater portion of the borrowing market takes a loan to get out of debt… the debt they may have acquired to maintain their status or just to “keep up with the Smith’s”.
Getting into debt is so easy! All you have to do is be a little careless, keep your attention on the TV commercials and you’ve done it. You have jam-packed credit cards and unpaid bills in your letterbox, all leading to an inevitable “Grand Disaster Finale”.
Taking a loan is an interesting way out, when you realise the fix you are in. The interesting part is that you can make important savings on monthly interest, pay off past-due bills because of the credit card and you begin to feel better.
What Length Do Personal Loans Have?
The length of the payback period is short. You can get a personal loan for a 12 month period or maybe 18 months and cancel all your debts. On the other hand, by making the minimum payment on your credit card balance, you are only paying interest, not debt. In consequence, you will have an everlasting debt, until you do something about it.
When Do They Get You Into Trouble?
A loan does not really get you into trouble. The trouble is well within you, like a little dwarf whispering into your ear “Consume today and pay tomorrow, nothing to worry about”. Then, you get a shock when you see your debts are choking you. You need a loan to pay off debt. You take a 12 month loan, pay off, but continue to listen to the same darned little dwarf.
Before you know where you are, you are deeper in debt with the addition of a loan that gets you out of one, while you are happily falling into another. Then, you default on the loan payments to keep up with your daily expenses.
The Real Cause
Unfortunately, outsiders can see the real cause better than those directly affected. Now we are clear about the real reason, we know how to correct it. (or at least, should know)
Whatever The Amount
There is always a way to solve your financial misdoings and a loan seems to be the best option. But, we must not be over-confident. There are so many lenders offering loans everywhere, that it is virtually possible for everyone to get a personal loan.
The Real Enemy
The real enemy sleeps with us at night and goes to work with us. It’s our human nature. So, why not use a little lateral thinking? Look at your situation as an outsider would. Take a course of corrective action and make it a habit.