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Pay off debt or keep savings

Discussion in 'Stocks & Investments' started by gupster88, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. Jun 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM
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    Hey man I saw your post, Couple things I would do::::>

    1. How much do you owe on your RZR Back? Depending on that answer it sounds like you have good credit and I would take out a credit card 0% to pay it off. I like to keep things liquid because you never know what your gonna run into. even if its 0% for 12-18 months do that then get another one and do the same thing. Pay nothing for the loan

    2. As far as your savings account I would find something with a better interest rate or play the market a bit in a conservative mutual fund which would still be a higher interest rate of 6-8% better than savings which with some banks is <1%.

    Starting a Roth is a great Idea along with a traditional IRA for Tax deduction

    Even some banks are paying 3% on your checking account.

    You don't have to take my advice but I've been juggling debt for 3 years thanks to student loan debt of over 120k, and I dont even own a house. haha kinda sad. I currently work for one of the biggest Banks in the world. But still looking for something in my field but the stuff I learned has been pretty valuable.

    What do you do for work anyway?
     
  2. Jun 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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    Interest is money your throwing away. If something costs 10 bucks and you finance it, it cost 15 bucks. Now because of depreciation, you have a 8 dollar item you paid 15 bucks for.

    Building credit, is a horrible reason to make payments. You dont NEED credit, and even if you do, your doing plenty to have a good credit score. Cash is always king.

    As for home ownership, it is a decision which needs to be well thought out. There absolutely is money to be made in buying real estate ESPECIALLY in this depressed market. However, buying just to own can potentially be a mistake. There is a right and wrong answer but it depends on the circumstances unique to the situation.

    401k's, dont get me started. I will just say these are not the gold mines people think they are. If you work for a company that contributes on your behalf, its certainly better but they are still a gamble.

    Bottom line, if you have the ability to pay less in interest, do it. You will own the razr outright and if something happened you would still be able to sell it even at a loss to get that cash back if you really needed it. You already have other savings to fallback on anyway.
     
  3. Jun 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM
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    Dude, you're off your rocker. At the end of thirty years, I'll have a home that nobody can take from me or my family and will only have to pay taxes and upkeep. I will also have a home that I can sell and get some money out of if I need to. At the end of the same thirty years for you (and till the day you die), you're still going to be paying that same rent. Actually more since the inflation will go up. Renting you never own a damn thing and at any time you can be told to leave. My house has a fixed interest rate so my mortgage payment will never go up. Yes, my taxes will, but so will your rent because your landlord's taxes will go up to and he's going to pass that along to you. Whether your rent or buy, you're still paying the mortgage, property taxes, and upkeep. You don't think the person who owns the house you are renting is doing it because you're a nice guy and he wants to help you out do you? Nope, he's taking his cost, marking it up a little and making money off you. Eventually you'll have paid off his house and he'll be in the cat-bird seat and you'll still be renting. At which time, he'll be pocketing that rent from you cause he no longer has to pay a mortgage on the home you're renting from him.

    To each their own though.
     
  4. Jun 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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  5. Jun 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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  6. Jun 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM
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    it's all about + cash flow. In the end, it's a retirement plan. rent coming in and no mortgage going out. Winning!
     
  7. Jun 10, 2012 at 9:52 PM
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    Instead of quoting everyone I'm just going to summarize what I've read here...

    - I feel renting or owning a home is best on a situational basis. For me, living in a 2 BR, 2 bath apt with all utilites paid for is best for being 23 with no kids and no woman. Now obviously when I settle down and start a family, I'll need a house.

    -Using a credit card with 0% interest would be better than paying on the current load. But chances are I will have to open up multiple cards back to back to back and I don't like having credit cards. I have 3 already and hate that!

    -rsbmg, you spoke my mind well. I am sitting on enough of a cushion that spending my savings to pay off debt won't leave me with no cushion to fall back on. and if times do get rough, i can sell the Rzr, granted I'll take a hit. plus I'll be pumping $500 a month back into savings, so thats a minimum of $6k in a years time not counting any OT I put in it.

    -for those who asked, I work for the power company as an equipment operator at our largest coal-fired power plant. eat your heart out tree huggers!

    Bottom line, I will be taking the money and paying off the loan shortly. I am not worried about credit, i have tier 1 credit as it is and and two vehicle payments to keep it going. I do hate to lose some savings, but I'll save a ton in interest and with $300 opened up each month, I can look into diversifying my savings options.
     
  8. Jun 11, 2012 at 7:47 AM
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    Good Choice, but don't look at it like losing savings. You would be losing savings if you held on to your cash and paid the loan over time. In fact you would be at face value losing $2500 and more when you factor in inflation depreciation etc... For those that think having 10k in the bank siting there for a rainy day is "safer" consider this. If he needs that money, he has an asset he owns free and clear, that he can sell. However if he held on to the cash and the payment, that payment would still be due regardless of his financial hardship.

    Also he said he had a safety net already and worse case you can draw money from your 401k. Your savings account will build itself back up quickly if you keep "making the payment to yourself"

    Good luck!
     
  9. Jun 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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    I here that. But ever needed cash and had to wait till the truck sells to get it? When I need cash, I need it right then. The best deals don't wait around, neither do disasters and emergency's. But I think either way would be just fine as you clearly have your head on straight.
    the hard part is to "keep making the payment to yourself". For me, once I have the cash, it's a motherfucker to get me to part with it.
     
  10. Jun 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM
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    As he already said, he has cash above the 10k for emergencies. He also has a 401K and he has credit credit cards.

    He has plenty of options for emergency cash. By holding on to the cash and making payments he will lose $2500+ by gambling that he WILL have a financial emergency. So you would be basically buying a $2500 insurance policy which you may never use.

    If you like paying more for things than they are actually worth, by all means make payments. If you would rather keep the $2500 for yourself than give it to a finance company pay it off.
     
  11. Jun 11, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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    Your math is off, but I think what you are trying to say is:

    If you buy a house for a value now, then it will sell for the inflation-equivalent value in 30 years.

    Possibly. If the market is good and you can sell it. And the neighborhood and schools around it don't go to shit. And home values keep price with inflation, which they almost never do unless you make additional improvement investment.

    And none of that is accounting for the yearly expenses (property tax, homeowner's insurance, maintenance costs, mortgage interest) that you do not get back, regardless of inflation.

    The bottom line is this:

    If the rent annually is less than the combined cost of property tax, homeowner's insurance, maintenance costs, and maintenance-time (calculated by, say, giving time you spend doing home maintenance the same rate as your hourly pay at work), the homeowner ends up out more money at the end of the game unless there's a bubble market.


    You're certainly dreaming large with that thought.

    Indeed. And in my area, on any decent sized/valued home, annual property tax, homeowner's insurance, and upkeep costs add up to more annually than my rent + renter's insurance.

    Who said you can sell it?


    The same inflation will make your home worth less, and increase the costs of your upkeep, homeowner's insurance.

    And you're wrong about the rent levels - they tend to be inverse to home prices. When home prices rise, rent drops (more people buying means landlords need to make prices more attractive to attract tenants). When home prices fall, rent increases (less people buying means more demand for rental properties. That's actually what's going on right now).

    1 - False. There is a lease agreement in place which is a legal contract. There typically has to be grounds for eviction, unless you're an idiot and sign a shit lease.

    2 - So what? Go rent down the street from the landlord/agency that isn't an asshole. That's the nice thing about rentals. You aren't tied down.

    Only if the market allows. See the above about rental prices vs. home prices and their inverse relationship. Rental property owners aren't stupid - they won't price themselves out of the market.

    Your view of real estate pricing and the factors that go into it is a bit simplistic, but at least you're trying.

    And? This only matters if you're worried about whether your landlord is making money or not. I don't mind my landlord making money. He's in business to make money. All businesses are.

    He also has to maintain the property, fix anything that breaks, handle the taxes, etc.

    I take the time, money, and effort I would've spent doing THAT and do other things. Invest it. Enjoy myself. Some of both. What have you.

    Here's the forest you're missing for the trees:

    - I'm out about $8400 in rent annually. And another $85 in renter's insurance.

    - Most homeowners in this area are going to be out that same amount annually when you combine homeowner's insurance, upkeep costs, time invested in upkeep, mortgage interest, and property tax. Most of this is usually in upkeep costs and time, which people rarely calculate correctly.

    So, in the end, we're out of pocket annually about the same amount of money we don't get back.

    - The money I didn't pay in mortgage I get to keep and do with as I please; invest, buy stuff, hookers n' blow, whatever.

    - The homeowner eventually ends up owning a home. Whether or not this makes more money than renting and investing the difference is a subject of debate. Most of the recent research suggests the renter/investor does better:

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/46413058/As_Investment_Renting_Beats_Owning_100_of_Time

    http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2007/07/is-it-better-to.html

    http://www.theamateurfinancier.com/blog/great-debates-renting-vs-buying/

    http://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/three-principles/

    There's more out there. You can google it.

    Basically, the long-espoused idea that homeownership is always better being a no-brainer isn't so much of a no-brainer. However, they DID sucker a ton of people into believing that in the 90s and 00s. That's where we got that awesome bubble and crash from.

    Looking forward, the new economy is going to require regular mobility to stay gainfully employed - there are far more laborers than jobs. This will be the case for some time, possibly decades. Home ownership doesn't mix well with frequent moves for obvious reasons.

    You can buy if you want to. Just don't say you weren't warned if bites you in the ass in some way.
     
  12. Jun 11, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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    Moving on to more recent portions of the thread...I'm with rsbmg here. I want my dollars like employees - making money for me.

    6 months of living expenses, about 5 to 10 grand in an oh-shit fund gives you plenty of emergency cash. Take the rest and put it in something that will earn.

    I personally go with the above system. Also most of my retirement savings at this time is in a Roth IRA, one of the benefits of which is that direct contributions can be withdrawn at any time penalty and tax free. Obviously I'd prefer not to do that, but the point is it's additional pressure-relief should the 6 months + oh-shit not be enough.

    Realistically speaking though: I'm in health care, in the second best job field in the country:
    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/best-jobs/2011/fast-growing-jobs/2.html

    I will never be unemployed during my lifetime unless I want to be or become physically disabled (irony).
     
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    Yes, he did say that. 5k or so? about 1 month for me. If he needs to sell the rzr, he might get killed on the sale and it may take forever doing it. Yes he will save the interest on the rzr(whatever that is) but he could lose far more than that if things don't continue smoothly for him. He might even make more cash with that 10k if the right deal comes along( yes they do from time to time). He made the choice to finance in the beginning, I would stay the course. $2500 for "Insurance" is a good deal in my book. Overpay each month and it won't be as much and you have options. I just hate to rule out opportunity by liquidating all my capitol. to each, his own I guess
     
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    5 grand in living expenses per month? Sheezus, I'm glad I don't live where you do.

    Just did a little research on cost of living in Newton MA while writing this reply. Yeah, fuck that noise. I like my southern towns where my living expenses are less than 1k per month. But I have no doubt pay up there scales appropriately.
     
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    save it dont pay it off up front, keep that 10 K man
     
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    Save the dough!

    1) It will help build credit to pay on a loan, and
    2) I call it 'cushion funds'. When shit hits the fan, like getting laid off or having to pay a deductible for a car accident, cushion funds keep you afloat.
     
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    For anyone that really cares. This is just plain bad financial advice. I suggest going out and getting a little education in such matters if you are really concerned. There are plenty of folks who get paid to know this stuff for a living and like everything else on an internet forum 99% don't have a clue what they are talking about.

    EDIT: I think maybe part of the issue with all the bad advice here are people either are not reading everything the OP wrote, or they are ignoring much of it. The other possibility is they are taking the "I have 10k what should I do" portion of his question and applying it to their own personal situation which likely does not include everything else he wrote. He is in a perfect financial situation to NOT pay interest on the RZR.
     
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    Narrow minded thinking. Things go bad and money goes quickly. If he has to sell the RZR, that usually means taking a beating on the sale. Cash in the bank is worth way more than a little interest savings. It's NOT black and white like you imply. While you assume others are not reading the thread fully or ignoring it somewhat, You are not seeing the BIG picture here. You remind me of the people who don't believe in disability insurance because you don't plan on becoming disabled. Haha, whatever!
     
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    i think there is some misunderstandings or misconceptions about my original post. let me clarify a few things...

    -my living expenses per month, including my truck payment, rent, and any other "bills" but not including my Rzr payment is right at $1k a month, not $5k like some have mistaken.

    -i keep a minimum of $5k in my checking account as a cushion. that way if i lose my job or come into some bad times i have some money to fall back on.

    i've decided though i am definitely going to pay off the Rzr with the $10k. you'd be surpised how well those things hold their value in my part of the country. guarantee i could sell mine right now for more than i owe. yeah still less than i paid but that's how most purchases go right now. a lot of people on here have said to keep it for "just in case" or " something might happen and you may need it'. first of all, what could happen that i might need $10k fast? i have a brand new truck with full warranty, so no major vehicle breakdown will need that money. i have already said i am in no position to even want to buy a house, i have no need to live in a house given my current situation with my apt. however, something that IS going to happen if i don't pay it off is i will pay interest that is really not needed to pay since i have the cash on hand to pay it off.

    i'm already contributing $400 a month to the account holding the $10k, if i have shown enough discipline to save $10k, put 13% of my income in a 401k account, i'm sure i can up my contrbiution to $550 a month ($400 + half of my Rzr payment) and have my $10k back in less than 18 months.

    i tend to play things safe. i think i'm the only tenant in these apts with renter's insurance, i take out multiple policies through my work for "just in case" and i have access to my 401k if the money is needed that bad asap.
     
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    Haven't read all the posts but my $0.02 is that you should keep $1000-1500 in savings and put the rest down on your debt. Pay the rest off as fast as possible but don't deplete yourself of all your cash in case tomorrow a shit-storm hits.
     
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