If you have a personal loan, then it is normal to have monthly repayments that you are expected to make. These will last for a specified time and once all are made, then the loan will be repaid in full. This means that you will need to find the money each month to make that repayment. If you miss a repayment then there will be extra charges or fees to pay which will not only make the loan more expensive but it could also mean that it will last longer as well. This means that it is important to make sure that you have enough money each month to repay the loan.
Pay the Loan as a Priority
It is a good idea to make sure that you prioritise the loan repayment when considering your expenses and payments each month. There will obviously be other things that you will also need to prioritise such as your rent or mortgage, utility bills, food etc and so you may have quite a list. It is a good idea to set up standing orders or direct debits so that these get paid automatically so that you will not forget. Also, try to set them up so that they come out just after you get paid. Then you will be sure that there is plenty of money in the account to be able to cover those payments. If they are already set up, it is likely that you will be able to change them, so contact the supplier, lender etc to find out. Hopefully there will be enough money available to pay all of these and some left over for the rest of the month.
Reduce What you Pay for Other Things
If you are struggling to find enough money or you want some extra so that you can repay the loan early then you will need to make some changes to how you spend money in order to have the money available to do this. There are some easier things that you can try as well as some harder ones. To start with the easy way to spend less is to compare prices and make sure that you are not paying too much for what you buy. This means checking prices between different insurers, suppliers, retailers, brands etc to see whether you are paying too much. So firstly, think about the larger items that you pay for on a monthly basis and compare prices to see whether you could switch and save money. Although this can take a bit of time, it should not be too difficult and it could mean that you will save a chunk of money month after month. Then also do it with individual items that you are buying such as things at the supermarket, clothing, toiletries etc. All the little savings that you make can add up. Of course, consider value for money too as if you buy things that are not nice enough to use, then there will be no point in switching to them.
You should also think about whether you can reduce the number of things that you are buying. This could mean that you are able to save money being you are paying out less. Whether you can do this will depend on whether you buy lots of luxury items that you can cut down on and whether you are prepared to cut back like this.
Look for Earning Opportunities
It might be that you would rather look for opportunities to earn money rather than reduce your spending or perhaps try both. There are many ways that you could do this, perhaps by looking for extra hours to do in your current job or taking on a second job. You may also want to look for temp or freelance work, look for small jobs online or things like this. There are plenty of opportunities available, but you just have to be prepared to be flexible and perhaps work for a lower rate of pay in order to earn a bit more money.