November RBA announcement 2015

At today’s board meeting the Reserve Bank decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at the current low of 2.00%.

For many of us, the days of saving up for a big ticket item are gone. Living in a world that delivers so much so quickly has fuelled our desire for ‘instant gratification’. We don’t even need the cash to pay for what we want!

If you’re a winner on the big race today that’s ONE way of paying for that big item. But most of us will need to find another way to fund a big purchase – and some are DEFINITELY better than others.

In this month’s article 9 ways to purchase your race horse… or holiday, pool, new car, renovation – or whatever – we look at your options for making a big purchase WITHOUT breaking the bank.

As always, please call us for a chat if you would like to discuss your finance options.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Gone are the good old days of ‘lay-by’ – remember that? The ‘olden days’ of buying something you couldn’t afford. It was the original form of delayed gratification and budgeting for things we wanted – something our children and grandchildren will never know anything about. Perhaps even some of our Gen Y readers?

Do you have a big ticket item you would really like to purchase but you’re not sure about how to pay for it?

Lets take a look at a few ways, starting with the most obvious:

1. Set up a budget and start regularly putting a little extra aside until you have saved enough to purchase your big ticket item. (Yes, we know it’s BORING!)

Let’s face it, many of us really aren’t big fans of delayed gratification, however if you are most comfortable with this method there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact more people should follow your example. Set up a separate savings account, ask your employer to direct a portion of your salary each week into the new account so there’s no temptation to spend it. Then watch it grow!

Most of us are more the INSTANT GRATIFICATION type. We just can’t wait. We want it and we want it NOW! So most of us will then…

2. put it on the credit card (accruing from 15% or more interest and taking many years to pay it off),


3. take out a personal loan.

The advantages?
Both of these options are going to get you that item right now.

The disadvantages?
Unless you pay your credit card off within the 55 day free interest period, the cost for both of these options will end up being much more than the ticket price in the long run.

WARNING: Both options would not be high on our recommended list. If your credit card has an interest rate in excess of 15% and you take 5 years to pay off the debt then your $20K holiday could end up costing you as much as $30,000 or more!

Of course, you MIGHT experience an unexpected windfall? You could…

4. pay for your big ticket item with an inheritance from a long lost cousin you’ve never met,


5. win big at the races!

Good luck with both of those options.

What about using your home loan?

There are several ways you can do this. You can:

6. use your redraw facility (if you have one)

8. use the existing equity in your home (set up a redraw or split loan facility)


9. refinance all your debt AND your home loan to include the cost of the big ticket item.

The advantage of using your home loan?
Adding a large ticket item to your home loan is likely to give you the lowest interest rate available as the item is secured against your home. And let’s face it – interest rates are pretty good at the moment – it is the cheapest way of buying money today.

The disadvantage?
If you fail to make additional payments over a short period of time to cover the additional loan you risk taking many more years to pay off your home and can even pay a lot more than the original cost of the item.

The major risk? If you take a very long time to pay off the debt, you are increasing the total interest repaid – thus the total amount of the big ticket purchase. It could end up costing you a lot more than you really wanted to spend.

If you really want to make a big purchase this way, you MUST pay off all debts as fast as possible!

Regardless of the item you want to purchase, we always recommend you do two things:

1. Come and talk to us before you sign anything. We may have some finance options you haven’t yet considered.

2. Ensure you review your budget to maximise repayments and minimise the total cost of any money borrowed.




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