I’ve seen personal loan addiction before and I’ve seen it in the people who are not addicted to it.
When my wife and I were married and trying to figure out how we could afford a house, we quickly realized that while there were a lot of things we could do (run up credit cards, borrow from friends, etc.) that would have helped us afford our first home, none of them would have been sustainable .
After a couple of years had passed, as we started having children (my wife in 2007 and me in 2010), we found ourselves having accumulated quite a large amount of debt. We both had good jobs and were making decent salaries, but neither of us knew where the money was coming from.
After putting up with it for several years, I finally had enough and told her she needed to stop working. She got angry at me for telling her to stop working on the money she didn’t really need to work on but then I realized that if she stopped working on her own money, she wouldn’t be working on it at all.
We decided to take some time off so as not to worry about our finances when children came along; but when they did arrive (seven years later), suddenly our new baby had begun taking up most of our time (and my wife got pregnant again). Suddenly there was an enormous amount of debt! And all because she couldn’t find a way to make ends meet.
I recently saw someone post about how he or she wasn’t addicted to personal loans because they didn’t know what it felt like when you are behind on your payments like being stuck in traffic or being late for an appointment.
I don’t know if this is true for everyone who isn’t addicted but I’m guessing it’s not because there aren’t any feelings associated with being behind on payments: anxiety, stress, guilt… It’s the feeling that comes along with being behind on payments which causes the problem.
I think this is really important knowing what your feelings are when you are behind on payments can help you avoid financial problems by empowering you with the knowledge so you can make smart choices around payment policies and relationships so you’re more likely to pay back your loans rather than run into financial trouble anyway..
I think also knowing what your feelings are will help you figure out where your emotional well-being is lacking so that can be addressed next
How to Avoid Personal Loan Addiction.
No matter how much money you have, you will never be able to hold on to it forever. At some point, your motivation for keeping it will wane and you will have to re-balance your finances.
Each of us has had that experience at least once or twice in the past. We all know someone who has lent money to their spouse, children or parents, friends or relatives for various reasons. For example, we could borrow money from our parents so we can buy a house for our family; we could borrow from friends so we can pay off debts; we could borrow from close friends so we can buy a new car; and so on. However, here’s the thing: all those reasons are not very satisfying at all.
We don’t feel like our loans are helping us in any way at all — and this is why personal loan addiction exists (or should). What makes personal loan addiction worse is that often these people do not realize they are addicted until they come up with their own solution.
This can lead them to keep borrowing without ever thinking about the consequences of their actions and without making any real progress towards resolution (or even knowing what their original intentions were). As such, there is no one right way out of this situation. All you have to do is learn how to identify your own personal loan addiction — and take steps towards fulfilling that need as soon as possible.
1.1 Be Wary of Easy Money.
It is easy to fall into the trap of taking out too many loans at once. But as you might expect, your ability to repay them will be compromised. So if you want to limit the number of loans you take and make sure you get the maximum value for your money, there are some tactics you can use.
Before we discuss which ones, let’s take a moment to define what a personal loan really is: it’s a loan that generally comes from a bank or other financial institution that is designed for one specific purpose (usually to fund some type of business project) and has a very specific interest rate.
The interest rates on personal loans vary from institution to institution and from lender to lender, depending on their goals, profile, and so on. Generally speaking they can be divided into two categories: fixed-rate loans (where the amount borrowed is limited in terms of time or money) and variable-rate loans (where the amount borrowed can vary according to the borrower).
In general terms, fixed-rate loans are ideal for people who are in debt because they have no plans to change their current lifestyle or repayments in any way — so they can borrow as much money as they need without any fear of paying back their debt fast.
However, they also come with three major disadvantages: 1.) There are no guarantees that your balance will stay constant over time 2.) Interest rates tend to go up over time 3.) You may be forced by some unforeseen event or circumstance into paying back your loan sooner than expected Credit cards do not come with these issues; however there is still an element of since cardholders have little control over how much their balance changes over time.
Credit scores are based upon estimated balances not actual balances so a rising credit score means you may have an increased chance of being rejected for credit cards, even if that increase is due only partially due to the fact that your balance has gone up and paid off partway through the year.
While there are no guarantees that debt will get paid back early enough for this scenario (since it could come with interest charges on top), it’s something worth considering when evaluating personal loan options (like credit cards) before making any decisions about borrowing more than they need/want/can pay back in a short period of time.
The variable-rate part allows borrowers more flexibility in their plans while still giving them predictability this lets them plan ahead while still keeping the monthly payment steady
1.2 Don’t Borrow More Than You Can Afford to Repay.
Personal loans are one of the most common ways that people get into debt, in the US and worldwide. (We’ll talk about “personal loans” separately later.) However, there is no easy way to figure out when or if you have a loan at all.
There are many reasons why people end up with a loan: they can’t pay it back, they change jobs, they lose their job, etc. So what can you do? You could ask your parents or your grandmother to help you out (if they have any) but that takes time and may not be worth it.
The next best thing is to try and figure out your credit history. You can do this easily with a credit report website like Equifax or TransUnion. They will show all of the terms on your credit history. Your score is one factor in how easy it is to get a loan but check yours before applying for anything else!
A big reason why personal loans seem so attractive is because lenders are often left-brain-dominated: you want things like “I made $100k last year” or “I graduated from Harvard” so clearly you think those things matter. The problem with those kinds of things is that we assume that information makes us rich, more intelligent and better at our jobs but that isn’t true at all (you are just as smart as anyone else if not smarter).
And while banks are not completely stupid (they use math and algorithms to try and predict what you need), they do fall into some serious cognitive biases:
1) Personal Loan Math-Loss: This happens when lenders are trying to calculate what your monthly payment will be on a given loan term because they have an assumption about how long you will be able to pay back the loan at these terms.
For example if one assumes 5% per year interest rates then your annual minimum payment will be $500 – 5% x $500 = $200 payments over 3 years = $1000 per month – $200 = -$200 = -$1200 per month = -$1200/3 = -$2000/3 = -$2000/3 + interest; which means your payments could go down by about 40% even though overall interest is only only 20%! In other words, banks aren’t really trying to make sure that people get paid back their money on their terms.
1.3 Create a Budget and Stick to It.
There are lots of reasons people take on a lot of personal loans, and they vary depending on the loan products you are borrowing from. Generally, personal loans are not just about short-term financing, but also about taking on debt to fund your lifestyle.
This is especially true for people who have a family or children to support, who want to pay off their student loan, or who want to buy a home.
Loan products can vary in terms of the interest rate that is charged and the amount that is borrowed. Usually, most of us will get at least one loan product with interest rates ranging from 2% – 5%. Most personal loans today give us an initial interest rate ranging from 5% – 8.99%.
If we take on multiple loans at once (which is pretty much the norm) we could see as many as 20+ loans (for an individual) at once. This can be very expensive for consumers and generate some very nasty cash flow problems if you don’t handle them well.
The first thing you need to do when getting multiple personal loans at once is estimate how much money you will borrow each month (or even more). It might be wise to break down your monthly expenses into a weekly budget and then use that budget to calculate how much money you will borrow each month (your monthly loan payments). A quick way to do this is to start by listing all your expenses:
This gives you a good idea of what your budget needs to be in order for you not to lose out on any money after the first year. Once you have found out what your monthly expenses should be, add up all your monthly expenditures and divide it by 7 (that’s how many months it takes for your balance to clear). Then multiply that number by 1 + 3/2 = 4 – which gives you one number for how much interest will be charged for each loan product per month until it clears or until it gets maxed out.
If this seems daunting, don’t worry about it too much! The key here is simply having analytics tools like Google Analytics give you regular reports so that you can keep track of what happens with each loan product and adjust accordingly or perhaps make some recommendations based on those reports.
Another option would be creating a spread sheet that allows tracking each loan product separately in terms of whatever metrics are important: whether they are paying off their principal or making minimum payments; whether they have security; etc.
An interesting recent study by the University of Michigan found that the longer you were in a relationship, the more you used credit cards.
It turns out those who are on their second or third relationship may be more vulnerable to personal loans because they’re less disciplined with their credit card spending. The study is based on data from Credit.com, a popular website that allows people to compare credit cards and rates.
How many personal loans can you have at once? It’s a hard question to answer, but we can do it using an industry-standard formula: six months of outstanding debt equates to one month of your entire annual income!