One of the main thrusts of my money-saving extreme model (M.S.ext.), is to 'only buy something if you can afford it'.
I guess most people may have outstanding loans or payments on the bigger purchases in life, i.e. a mortgage and the costs of financing a vehicle?
This I think is inevitable if you want to be a homeowner or own a nice vehicle.
For the rest of you/yourpartner/families spending, does it have to be on credit? and what is its' true cost?
For my own part, I rarely pay credit interest, unless it is very small amounts and it suits my cash flow position.
Hypothetically speaking, it could be posible to generate £40k instantly via credit cards.However, you may be charged around 17% a.p.r. for this credit.
This would take 35 years and 4 months to repay, with total interest and payments of £51784 over the period of repayment.(Calculated via MSE, on an MBNA card)
However, the M.S.ext approach would be:
Do't buy it if you can't afford it;
Why do you need to purchase unecessary consumer goods;
Can you do without and find a free/cheaper alternative;
Is it within your budgetary lifestyle, budget boundaries?.
For those lucky enough to get through the process of loaning £40k on a mortgage over a 35 year period, you would pay £154 per month on capital and interest, have repaid the capital and got an asset (property) of £112k at the end of the mortgage repayment period, assuming 3% growth p.a.
I rest my case, credit for credits sake is a mill stone around generation X and Y's neck. we have to loosen the grip and break free from these financial constraints and liabilities..
It is in your hands, take action.
Thanks for reading.