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Should I take a personal loan? − Money Essentials #7

by Money Puzzle   ·  April 27, 2022   ·  

Have you been in the midst of a financial crunch or had the desire to make a big-ticket spend, but realised your savings are not enough?

It may be a medical emergency or wedding expenses or just that expensive travel you planned with the family. Whatever the reason, at times like this, it may be tempting to fall for the personal loan offers that bank telecallers keep calling us for.

But do you know that personal loan rates in India can range from 10%-25% depending on your credit score and the bank you approach? Usually, a personal loan has a 1 to 5-year tenure.

This means for a Rs 1 lakh personal loan taken for a year, you will end up paying back a total of Rs 1.066 lakh. Taken for a period of 5 years, you will end up repaying Rs 1.335 lakh. This is an expensive ordeal.

Instead, for large-sized expenses, save for some months and then spend. For medical emergencies, rely on a good quality health insurance and for other emergencies, take 6 to 12 months and build your contingency fund by putting aside money in a safe investment option. Say no to personal loans.

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