At some point in our lives, most people will have to end up choosing between taking out a loan or putting something on a credit card. Anything from needing to buy a new car to having a wedding can put you in a tight spot scrambling for a way to pay for it all. Here’s the rundown of the pros and cons between loans and credit card debt. This information will empower you to make the right decision.
Prior to 2008, banks were more than happy to throw money at your problems and dole out fantastical amounts. This even happened when there wasn’t enough income to cover the loan. After the nasty business of the Recession, they’ve tightened their purse strings and made their requirements much more stringent.
Also keep in mind that when applying for a loan, if approved, you will only receive the amount that you asked for. When the money from the loan has been spent, you won’t have any more access to capital unless you apply for another loan. As you will see, it’s a completely different story when you use a credit card instead.
One thing that you should know is the difference between secured and unsecured loans. In the former, you will have to put up sufficient collateral to satisfy the bank’s aversion to risk. In the latter, however, you won’t have to put anything up as collateral.
Credit cards can be a great way to get what you need when you need it, but can’t quite afford it. The biggest thing to watch out for is over leveraging yourself in credit card debt. The key is to use credit cards to get what you need and then pay it off before splurging again. The type of card you get can depend on your credit score. Credit cards for average credit will have fewer perks to go along with them, and higher interest rates.
In contrast to a bank loan, as long as you have a credit card, you can keep using it for more purchases as long as you don’t go over the limit.
Just like taking out a loan from the bank, you have to be sure that you can keep up with the monthly payments.