Good Debt, Bad Debt – What’s the difference?

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Differentiating between good debt and bad debt

Debt in general is considered to be bad because you are required to handle the debt payments and you can end up saving nothing for yourself each month. In fact debt is a thing that is to be avoided at all costs. But there are some debts too that are good for you because you are incurring it for some useful purpose and not simply borrowing the money to buy something that is not of much use but is only a thing of your liking. There are various debt relief options that can help you to get out of debt but first of all it is important for you to know what is bad debt and what good debt is.

What do you think is bad debt?

Borrowing money for your impulse buys, using credit cards just at the drop of the hat, and so on are considered to be bad debt. The debts that worsen your financial situation and hurt your credit more are bad debts. Thus, mainly the things for which you use your credit cards, the things that you would have been able to do without are the ones that result in bad debt. Using your credit card to pay your medical bills, or may be your utility bills and so on is also bad debt. The best way to avoid incurring bad debt is lowering the usage of your credit cards.

What do you think is good debt?

You may be astonished to learn that debt can be good. But, yes debt can be good too provided you are investing your money into or for something that has some importance in your life and you may even be able to get good returns from that. For example, if you are going to invest your money in any of the investment vehicles like stock market or the forex market, in gold, or may be in the real estate market, it is your good debt. Not only this, good debt can also be the home loan that you are going to take out or the one that you had taken out in order to get your home. In addition, if you borrow money for your education purpose or may be for the education of your child, it is good debt too. However, getting a mortgage of your home can be bad debt too if you apply for a home loan for an amount that is more than what you actually require. So, in order to stay within your limits and to avoid incurring bad debts, you can use a mortgage calculator in order to get a home loan as per your affordability. In addition, it is also important for you to always check your credit report from time to time and make on-time payments on all of your debts. Moreover, before investing your money in any kind of investment vehicle it is important for you to have a clear knowledge on the options. About the author Powell is a regular writer with Discussion of the day and is also a contributory writer with other financial sites. His expertise is woven around various aspects of the debt industries with topics like wage garnishment, tax liens, bill consolidation etc. Image: jscreationzs    
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21 Responses to Good Debt, Bad Debt – What’s the difference?

  1. Mikejohn says:

    Hello good different things between a good debt and bad debt what you have shared through this blog post. as a matter of fact debt is a thing that is to be avoided at all costs.
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  2. Hello it is very difficult to say difference between a good debt and bad debt. I thought every debt is bad because debt is always a burden of a person. So, I am very glad to read your post about good debt and bad debt and understand the difference between them.
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  3. Mickal says:

    Bad Debt: It is the kind of debt that most of us are familiar with. You start out in life with a boat load of student loans, and most likely a few credit cars.

    Good Debt: This is a completely kind of debt. Good debt is commonly referred to as leverage. This refers to the fact that you are going into debt in order to make more money for yourself in the future.

  4. Mitch Carson says:

    Well said, I enjoyed your blog btw! Everyone can easily understand your article, keep it up.
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  5. Mike S says:

    Great article! Here’s my own definition of good and bad debt. A good debt is a money that spends for a profitable asset like real estate properties, house and lot, and even for starting a business. A bad debt is an abuse of money buying wants like bags, high-end cars, fashion garments, and etc.

  6. Sally says:

    Funny to think of debt as good – but when you put it like that…

    I never really think of my student loan debt as a ‘debt’ but of course it is – all debt is bad really – I just know I’ll be able to pay this back in the long run and that’s whats expected.

    It’s good to read different people’s points of view.

  7. Lily Martin says:

    Hi, thanks for such a good post..I really appreciated it.

  8. Renaud Gagne

    Bad debt is every credit you get that doesn’t repay itself by what you bought.

    When people “invest” in a new business, it is still a bad debt until the cashflow of that purchase is paying the loan repayment on schedule.
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  9. Hugo Shelley

    I guess debts are both, depending on how you handle them. They can be as great as a problem solver, or as worse as a big problem. It all really depends on how you handle it.

  10. Julie Mcbride

    I would say that both types of debt are bad because ultimately debt is debt, however sometimes need is must and all of us don’t have the luxury of being rich and being able to afford everything we buy.

    If you do need to enter into any type of agreement that will lead you into debt, good or bad, make sure you budget for your repayments well in advance.
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  11. Serah says:

    Managing debt is becoming increasingly difficult for people.They start to use credit for their day-to-day expenses and pretty soon they are paying off debt with debt. It becomes a never-ending spiral from which it gets increasingly difficult to escape and more often than not it ends in a bad credit record. We offer our clients the option of getting credit from our company even when your record is compromised.apply for a loan today

  12. Paul Tim says:

    If there even is a term as good debt. For me, a debt is a debt. You will end up paying for it, interest included. Sure, I understand what you meant. It’s still a debt! Perhaps, a good dept is something that you can repay for a period of time without interest, then it can be considered a good debt.

  13. sagar ahmed says:

    Different between Good debt and bad debt are really difficult.Before I don’t know about Good debt and bad debt. I am learning about this to read our post. Thanks for your post and share with us.
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  14. David King says:

    Some good different things between a good debt and bad debt what you have shared through this article . as a matter of fact debt is a thing that is to be avoided at all costs.
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  15. Joe Debt Man says:

    If your in debt through secured or unsecured debt, one of the best solutions is debt consolidation. One the other hand you can also apply for bankruptcy.
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  16. Pascal says:

    If you are going down the debt consolidation route, then you should probably should look at a broker. They can assess your situation and provide you with advice.

  17. isaachaze

    Thanks a lot for your great informative and awesome article. This is an excellent post. Thanks for shearing us your ideas.

  18. Ted Chong says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Some people bought their homes with cash or loan. This post is very informative. You can learn many things regarding good and bad debt.

  19. John says:

    Thanks for the read! It definitely helped me differentiate between the two. Highly recommend this read for people.

  20. Richard

    Hi Powell, thanks for your article. This is really helpful. I liked the ways you differentiate good debt and bad debt. Keep doing like this.
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  21. Really great post. This answered the majority of my questions. When I read this I actually opened up a word document and started taking notes. You can learn many things with good and bad debt..

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