If you need to find some money in the short term to pay bills or to cover unexpected expenses, then a loan could be a good option – but only if you don’t have a low interest credit card or an overdraft that you can use instead.
Loans are good for long-term borrowing (where credit card interest rates can be high) and they are also good for times when you might want to borrow in the short term – such as to cover an unexpected bill or an urgent repair.
Interest rates on unsecured loans can vary from the incredibly low and reasonable if you have a good credit rating and you are known to the lender, to quite expensive for loans for people who have low incomes, no credit history (or a poor one) and who want relatively short term loans.
The best way to use loans is to try to avoid taking them out unless the item that you need to buy with the loan will last you longer than the loan will take to pay off. Only take out a loan if you know that you will be able to pay it off (and never miss a payment), and make sure that you fulfill all of your other financial obligations at the same time.
It does not make sense to take out a loan for a short term expense – paying for a holiday with a long-term loan won’t help you at all because you’ll still be paying the loan off when you are desperate for another break, for example. Manage your finances in a smart way, and you will find that you are far better off in the long run. If you have any money left over at the end of the month, try to save it instead of treating yourself – at least until you have a bit of a buffer built up.