Do the electronics add value to your life?
As you’re deciding if you should finance electronics or not, you may want to consider whether or not the electronics add value to your life. Electronics can add value in a variety of ways.
For instance, if you own a business, you may want to boost morale by putting in new computer’s or monitors. Similarly, if you’re thinking about adding some electronics to your home, you may want to think about how they are going to enhance the enjoyment of your life or make your daily life easier.
Should you finance electronics?
Ultimately, the answer to this question varies for everyone. Before taking out a loan to finance electronics or to buy anything else, you need to make sure that you can afford the payments. Go over your budget and make sure you have extra funds for the loan payment.
If you can’t afford the monthly payment, you may need to wait a bit before you purchase those electronics. Keep in mind, however, that different lenders have different loans and options. To ensure you are getting the best deal for your needs, you need to shop around a little bit.
Are the electronics on sale?
When you finance electronics, you pay interest on the loan. As a result, you end up paying more for the electronics than you would if you simply bought them in cash upfront. However, if the electronics are on sale, you have the potential to save money in the long run.
To explain, imagine a set of electronics is on sale for half off, but the sale is for a limited time. If you wait until you have the cash on hand, you end up paying a higher price. But on the other hand, if you take out a loan to finance electronics, you get to take advantage of the sale price, and even with the interest rate, you end up saving money in the long run.
Does the loan have an affordable interest rate?
As you compare different loans, look closely at the interest rates. Ideally, you want the lowest interest rate possible. At Citizens Financial, that rate is determined by your credit worthiness. Folks with a great payment history will usually have lower rates. That is why monitoring your credit, and keeping loans, credit cards, or mortgages current is important – it will save you a lot of money in the long run!
What is the lifespan of the electronics?
When you’re getting ready to finance electronics, you should also think about the lifespan of the electronics. Ideally, you don’t want to take out a loan that is going to outlast your electronics. In other words, you don’t want to be making monthly payments on electronics that have already broken down.
To protect yourself, make sure that you are using the loan to get electronics that have a relatively long life span. If you’re worried about potential issues or accidents, you may also want to get a warranty with your electronics.
To learn more or to apply, contact us today. We offer installment loans for $500 and up, and you can use our loans to finance electronics or for a variety of other purchases.