How to pay back borrowed money

Borrowing money can help in times of emergency or give you access to certain things in a more affordable way.

Many different types of loans are available, with short-term and long-term repayment options and interest rates.

The lending options which are available to you will largely depend on how much you want to borrow, as well as other factors, such as your credit score.

The biggest thing to note when looking to take out a loan, however, is that you will have to pay it back and failing to do so can have big ramifications.

Here, we’ll look at a few reasons why you might want to take out a loan, and also provide some tips on keeping on top of your repayments.

Why might you need to borrow money?

There are many reasons why you might need to borrow money, including:

  • Covering short-term expenses: If your boiler breaks down or you need to repair something that is broken, a loan can help you get a quick fix in place.
  • Getting a new car: Most people who buy a car (whether brand new or used) will do so using some kind of financial product. 
  • Home improvements: This is a very common use of personal loans, giving you the cash to make changes when you want to – rather than saving up over the long term.

So now we know why people often look to get a loan, let’s examine how to make sure that the monthly repayments can be met.

Put together an extensive budget

You should have an idea of what your budget is before you commit to taking out a loan – and the repayments that come with it.

Write out all of your outgoings and income – be as detailed as possible – so that you have an idea of how much money you have left over at the end of every month.

Some things are simple to calculate, like direct debits. But things like food shopping can change on a weekly basis. Therefore, it’s an idea to monitor a couple of months’ worth of outgoings such as these to build up a better picture.

Don’t overlook your savings pot

Even if you are taking out a loan, it’s important not to forget about putting some money aside for times of need.

If you take out a loan to cover an expense like home or vehicle repairs, it might not be so easy to get another loan soon after if something else goes wrong.

Reduce your outgoings

If your budget doesn’t fit with the repayments of your loan, or you’re unable to add to your savings, it’s time to look at reducing how much you spend every month.

Typically, changing a few lifestyle choices, such as cooking your own food more often rather than eating out or getting takeaways, can help make the incremental differences to get you back on track.