Borrowing money can be expensive and sometimes stressful. This means that there are many people that would like to avoid doing it. However, sometimes it may seem that you have no choice but borrow money. However, there may be some things that you can do in order to avoid paying the loan.
If you are careful with your money and only buy essentials and a limited amount of luxuries, there is a chance that you will be able to save some money each month. This is easier for some people than others depending on salary, how many earners there are in a household, how high the household expenses are and things like that. However, many people spend more than they need to and it could be possible to cut back and have some money left to save. There may even be some ways to cut back without reducing what you have such as changing to a cheaper utility company, finding cheaper insurance, shopping in a cheaper supermarket or buying cheaper brands. You may also be able to cut back on some of the less necessary items so that you can save. Once you have some savings built up you will be able to use them if you need something a bit extra rather than having to borrow money. So if you have an unexpected bill, need to replace a white good or happen to be short of money, you will have some to fall back on and help you out.
Of course, if you have not got any savings and you need some extra money, then there will be none there to use. This can be a much more difficult situation. If it is a bill that you need to pay, then it can be worth talking to the company and asking whether you can have a bit longer to pay. They may be happy to let you delay the payment or perhaps pay a bit less until you have the money available to pay everything that is owed. If you want to buy something, then it may be that you can go without it or wait until you have saved up for it. This will obviously depend on exactly what it is that you want the money for.
A credit card could be a useful thing in this situation. You could pay for the item on the credit card and then you will not have to pay for it until the bill comes along. If you are sure that you will have enough money to repay the credit card when the bill comes through then this could help. You will have an interest free loan and therefore not have to pay anything extra for the item. An interest free credit card could be an alternative solution where you will have longer to pay back the money that you have borrowed. You will need to be careful as when the interest free period ends, the interest rate could be very high; therefore making the loan expensive. But if you pay it back before this then you will get it for free.
Borrowing from friends and family could be an option for some people. Asking then to help you out for a short amount of time may be something that you are comfortable with doing and they may let you pay it back without any charge. This can be difficult if you get into the position where you cannot afford the repayment, but it will depend on who has lent the money and how much they need it.
It is also worth considering that not all loans are bad. If the money that you are borrowing is to pay for something that will help you financially in the long run, then it may be a really good idea. For example, you may want to borrow money to buy a home or to study so that you can earn more money. You may also find that you could advantage from borrowing money to buy a car so that you can travel to work. So even if you do not like the idea of borrowing any money, you may find that it will be the best way to improve your future finances.