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Should I Take Out A Loan? What Do You Think? I Need To Know.
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Should I Take Out A Loan? What Do You Think? I Need to Know.

Growing up, while my family was frugal (e.g. we rarely, rarely ate out, we weren't allowed to purchase things that we asked to get at the store, such as toys, etc), I wasn't taught about money. Yeah, I was perhaps warned about money with the proverbial expression, "Money doesn't grow on trees," but I was never taught anything regarding a budget, nothing about loans, nothing about credit cards, etc. Rather, I just kind of learned (and poorly at that) as I went along . . . doing the thing that most kids my age did (i.e. get a credit card, take out student loans, etc).

It wasn't until I was married, finally finished with my 7 years of schooling post high school that I began to think, "Now, wait a minute. What did I just do?" Up until this point in life I really had no concept of the cost of living, or how to pay the necessary bills without going in debt. My way of living (though frugal as I could make it) was living off of my part time job, student loans, credit card and what my parents gave me.

Thankfully, I did not rack up as much expense and debt as some. Nonetheless, the debt remains with me. "Should I take out a loan," is the title of this article and what an excellent question it is when considering my above personal story. However, my story is not unique. In fact, my story is quite possibly the norm; sadly, the debt that I bear is also the debt that others bear. Thus, in light of this, what an excellent question it is!

Though I am not a financial adviser, I want to throw some thoughts out there regarding this guiding question of taking out a loan. If someone close to me were to ask, "Should I take out one," I would strongly urge them to think long and hard before making any kind of move. I would perhaps refer them to various financial advisers, people who know their stuff regarding finances. In addition to referring them to the experts, I perhaps would ask them, "What do you imagine for your future? Do you imagine paying off debt for the rest of your life, or not?" And a final thought that comes to mind is to just flat out say, "Don't do it!"

Having debt is no fun. It's always there; something you owe, plus interest! I have it. Others have it. And its JUST NOT FUN. Should you take out a loan? Ask the experts, see what they have to tell you. Ask yourself, "Do I want to pay off debt for years to come?" But above all don't rule out the option of deciding not to take them out at all!


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Great info, very good article! Debt is a horrible thing to have!

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  about 9 years ago

Very important questions to ask, good advice Penny

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks, Shawn:) btw, congratulations on being the number two author; that took some work on your part--good job!

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Penny!

  
  about 9 years ago

getting into debt is way easier and more fun than getting out of debt, unfortunately!

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  about 9 years ago

Right!

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  about 9 years ago
joe witt  

don't take them out, if you don't have the cash, you can't afford it. A house is the only exception I would make, but this is quite hard to follow. Over the years I've gotten pretty good at not being in debt, but mostly through hard lessons.

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  about 9 years ago

Joe, thanks for the comment. I lean more and more toward your advice as I go along. Thanks!

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  about 9 years ago

I think we have all been there and had the struggles of paying it off... to ensure my kids never had this problem I paid for all their tertiary education so that they had no debt when they started work... it certainly gave them a leg up... but never stopped them from making loans after school... so they also ended up with the loans just not as big and have easily paid them off.. It's not easy getting started in life without some kind of loan, but if one can keep it within bounds that's part of life...

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  about 9 years ago

Rob, one thing not mentioned is that I always appreciated how my parents were always, always willing to help me financially. At nearly the age of 30, they'd still be willing to aid if ever I needed it. That's comforting to know.

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  about 9 years ago

Good people parents...

  
  about 9 years ago

Indeed!

  
  about 9 years ago

Great stuff! I like so many have been in those same shoes! Takes a long time to repay, and isn't it better to have money working for you and not against you? Awesome article!

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  about 9 years ago

Right on, McK. Thanks:)

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  about 9 years ago

Good article! Very timely for the economics of today. How about a different approach? As in a different question! "Should I create an extra income stream and dedicate it ONLY to (1) donation (2) debt repayment (3) savings?" And make it a total family project as in baby learns as baby grows... maybe write a baby book on it even:-)

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  about 9 years ago

My wife and I were talking about that very thing yesterday! Great minds and all! Hehe!

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  about 9 years ago

Like your question, Cynthia!

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  about 9 years ago
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