When you take out a new loan it is highly important that you make sure you are going to be able to afford to pay it back. Failure to do so can cause you to have to take out more loans to help you make repayments, can cause you to have to pay late payment fees and general trigger a downward spiral that results in your getting further and further into debt.
There are many factors that will contribute to your ability to make your repayments and pay back your loan. One of these of course is avoiding taking out loans that are too large or where the APR is unreasonable. Another is of course money management and making sure you always have enough money in your account to make the payments.
One often over looked aspect of being able to manage your loans though is organizing repayments. Your ‘repayment scheme’ is the term often used to describe the pattern in which and duration over which you will pay back your loans. In other words it means deciding whether you are going to pay back lots of very small lumps, or just a few very large ones. Likewise it also means whether you are going to pay back over the course of a few months, a few years or a few decades.
Organizing your repayments well and coming up with a good repayment scheme is very important if you want to keep on top of your debt. On the one hand there is a temptation to make the repayments as small as possible and drag it out over a long period of time. This will of course mean that you won’t ‘feel’ each payment come out much more than you notice your mobile bill coming out your account monthly and that is why it’s such a popular way of organizing your repayments.
On the other hand though such a repayment scheme will mean that you take a long time to pay back your loan and that will mean it gathers interest over time. In other words – the faster you can pay back your loan the less you pay in total.
When organizing your repayments then and setting them up with your lender, make sure that you keep them small enough that you can manage them, but otherwise as large as you can afford on a month to month basis. Write up a budget and factor in your repayment scheme and see how much you’ll have at the end of each month to make sure you can afford it, but otherwise focus on getting rid of it as soon as possible (some loans you’ll want to pay off faster than others though – a mortgage for instance doesn’t matter as much if you take a little longer).
Other quick tips for organizing your repayments are to get them to come out at the same time as your other direct debits and debt repayments – at the end of the month is a popular option. Meanwhile remember that if you are struggling with your repayment scheme, you should be able to call up your lender and renegotiate.