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Is a loan a good idea?

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nat_hughes1988nat_hughes1988 Forumite
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Hi 
Just wanting advice. I have credit cards to pay off (all 0% interest) that come too £2000. This has to be paid by October or interest starts being added. I manage to pay them off every month but I pay about £210 which leaves me with no money spare. I’ve been shopping around and can get a £2000 loan and pay £94 a month for 2 years is this worth doing.? I know in the long run I would pay interest on the loan but it’s such a big drop from paying £210. Would it be a good idea.?

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  • DrEskimoDrEskimo Forumite
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    Have you tried to apply for a balance transfer with 0% fees and another interest free period?

    Keep paying it down as much as you can and get it cleared either way. You don't want to be spending 2yrs paying off a relatively small loan. Soon enough it'll be gone and you will have the entire £210 as additional spare income to go towards your monthly budgeting. 
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    zx81zx81 Forumite
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    edited 10 March at 9:56PM
    It depends on the relative rates. It's usually best to get debts paid off - your future self will thank you. 

    You certainly wouldn't want to switch a 0% debt to interest bearing.


  • ThePants999ThePants999 Forumite
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    October is a long time away - you certainly wouldn't want to act now!
  • tacpot12tacpot12 Forumite
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    If you take out this loan, are you going to apply for more credit cards? If so, I would say that the loan is a very bad idea. If you are not going to apply for more credit cards, then the loan is probably a good thing. 

    You need to save some of the difference between £210pcm and £94pcm for emergencies. Making this change so you have more money to spend is pointless if you spent it on non-essentials. I suggest you start by saving £100pcm and see how you get on. 
    The comments I post are my personal opinion. While I try to check everything is correct before posting, I can and do make mistakes, so always check official information sources before relying on my posts.
  • DCFC79DCFC79 Forumite
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    Hi 
    Just wanting advice. I have credit cards to pay off (all 0% interest) that come too £2000. This has to be paid by October or interest starts being added. I manage to pay them off every month but I pay about £210 which leaves me with no money spare. I’ve been shopping around and can get a £2000 loan and pay £94 a month for 2 years is this worth doing.? I know in the long run I would pay interest on the loan but it’s such a big drop from paying £210. Would it be a good idea.?
    Maybe you should look at your spending and cut back.
  • vic_msnvic_msn Forumite
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    Taking a loan is not a good idea in your case, considering you are not paying any interest.
    I would reconsider your position at end of August or early September. 
    During these months, check if you can save elsewhere switching broadband, energy etc?
  • edited 11 March at 12:13PM
    lopsyfalopsyfa Forumite
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    edited 11 March at 12:13PM
    Don't apply for the loan now. Keep paying the £94 (that should cover the minimum payment easily) and by October the credit card balance will be about £1436. Your credit history should be better than it is now by virtue of more payment history and lower balance which should allow you to shift the balance to another % card. 

    Worst case, you can get a loan at this point but you need to be very discipline to close the card down and maybe look at making over-payments on the loan.

    The best option is to post an SOA (https://www.lemonfool.co.uk/financecalculators/soa.php) now and look at free up more money now to throw at the credit card and pay it off before the 0% runs out. Then in October, you will have the £210 spare to do as you wish.
  • On_my_wayOn_my_way Forumite
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    Don't borrow money - you need to get a serious budget planned and work hard to pay it off.

    You Tube -Dave Ramsey- hard hitting but his system really works.

  • FentopinFentopin Forumite
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    Loan is never a good idea. I have some friends who got loans and couldn't pay for it. Maybe it a better way not to do this.
  • edited 12 March at 10:17AM
    foxy-stoatfoxy-stoat Forumite
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    edited 12 March at 10:17AM
    I would rather pay £210 for 10 months than £94 for 24 months.

    You have no spare money as you have already spent the £2000 - now I am afraid you need to pay it back.
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