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Throwing Your Money Away

If I had just sat down and thought it through for a few minutes I would have saved myself a large sum of money. Also, if my bank manager had my true interests at heart, he would have explained this simple principal to me. But if he were to do that, my gain would take from the banks profits.

The simple Maths. My Loan was costing me 9% and my savings earning me 3.2%. If I had simply put my $400 extra towards repaying the loan every month here is what would have happened.

I would have decreased the term of my loan substantially and as well as paying off the loan early I would have saved approximately $2,200 in interest repayments. If I had continued the saving scheme, I would have earned interest of $683. That means I would have been $1,520 ($2,200 – $680) better off if id concentrated on repaying the loan.

That’s $1,520 I wasted. As foolish as my mistake was, the sad fact is, a huge number of people are doing the exact same thing. People are putting money away for their future, kids education etc, while also repaying high interest loans, consumer debt and credit card debt.

I was fortunate in that my loan was only over five years, yet people go through most of their life saving this way. Over 20 years my loss would have compounded to 10’s of thousands.

Now I’m not saying by any means that banks and loans should be avoided. Even the mega rich get loans. The difference is, they can make the loans work to their advantage. The points I’m trying to bring across is that one should pay close attention to how they repay their loans.

Keep in mind that your bank will bring out new products every year, saving plans, pension schemes etc and their staff are often given huge commissions when they sell the products.