In purely financial terms, deciding whether to pay off a debt, or to start saving regularly, is clear cut:
If you're paying more interest on your loan or debt than you're earning on your savings, it makes sense to pay off the debt first.
For example, if you have savings in an account earning 2% interest, and you have store card debt that you're paying 19% interest on, it makes more sense to pay off the store card debt first, and then start adding money to your savings account.
However, this isn’t a rule that applies to every situation. For example, mortgages, and certain loans, have fixed repayment terms that are not negotiable. If possible, you should try and build up savings in addition to making those payments.
There are 3 key things to consider:
With this strategy you could tackle high interest debt first, like store cards and payday loans. Then you could make a plan to pay off lower-interest, longer-term debts while you:
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