When planning a debt free life it is important you understand the types of personal debts you owe and see things in a right perspective.
Any debt that is a result of borrowing money for any purchase that has future value built in, for example: a home purchase, investment or a student loan for college education. These types of debts are known to be “good” because they can help you build wealth and success.
A mortgage loan is the most popular personal good debt! You take a loan, which will financially help you build or buy a home. It is considered as an investment because the home will eventually be yours only!
Debt that can be turned over to debt collection agencies such as credit card debt, personal loans and other unsecured debts are known to be bad debts. These debts often carry high interest rates as well.
In essence anything you purchase with credit or can be financed, that is unsecured (doesn’t require collateral) and devalues with time, is bad debt. Even food and clothes, that are essential, which were purchased with a credit card, are bad debts. Put your effort in keeping bad debts to a minimum while paying the full balance of these debts on time.
Tackle them both.
Keeping good debt apart from bad debt is a wise decision. Don’t make the mistake of consolidating unsecured debt with a mortgage loan, which is secured, by taking a bigger loan and using the difference to pay of bad debt. Not in all cases it is profitable and it can put your asset in risk.
When managing your monthly payments, paying off higher interest rate debt first is highly recommended by most financial experts. By doing so you are reducing the bad debt faster giving you more financial freedom in the future to pay off more debt, in larger sums.
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