The Truth about Debt: How Debt Can Bring You Down in the Future
If your family is like many in Canada, it is probably in debt. Your parents might owe money on the house or car, and you or your brothers and sisters might already have credit card debts or owe money to friends in school. Credit card use is a common way of buying products in Canada, but it can have negative effects on your future if you don’t pay it off.
You might hear people talk about good and bad debt. Basically, “good debt” refers to something that the person has a good chance of repaying. For example, if someone has a high-paying, stable job, and they buy a house; unless something unexpected happens, like a major accident or job loss, the person can make regular payments on the mortgage, thus paying of the debt of the house.
“Bad debt” is different. Bad debt refers to a debt that the person has little or no chance of paying off because of the size of the debt, a low-paying job, or other factors. This kind of debt could last a lifetime and affect the person’s ability to buy a house or a car, get insurance, or even to get a loan for a small project. If you have bad debt, you likely have a low credit score. A credit score is something banks, insurers and lenders look at to determine your financial position and how reliable you are in paying off things like your credit card or student loan.
According to recent statistics, people who were born between 1980 and 1984 already have over five thousand dollars’ worth of credit card debt than their parents did at the same age. Unless they get very high-paying jobs in the future, that debt could follow them throughout their lives. If you do possesses that much debt at a young age (college and university students), the most important thing to do is always make your minimum payments. Also, you can notify your lender about your situation and arrange later payments.
Being in debt can cause serious problems for people. They might not be able to go to university, and they risk losing their homes if they are unable to make the payments. Their wages might be taken to pay the debt, and they might have bill collectors calling to ask for the money. All of these things can cause a lot of stress.
Buying everything with cash is probably the best way of avoiding any kind of debt. However, very few people actually have that kind of money, especially for large purchases like a house or car. However, other kinds of debt can be relatively easy to avoid or manage. For example, if you want to avoid credit card debt, you can start by paying off the entire balance every month. If you have cash with you when you go shopping, use that instead of credit or debit cards as much as possible. Staying out of debt can be difficult, but owing a lot of money is worse. Living within your means can be hard, however, very necessary when preparing for a healthy financial future.
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