Planning to buy that fridge, TV or mobile phone on EMI? 3 Tips to consider for Christmas shopping!

We are in the midst of the festive season and discounts are flashing everywhere you turn your face. As such, you would be tempted to buy that TV or fridge or phone you were ardently longing for, but couldn’t lay your hands on them considering the enormous price. “Not anymore!” — proclaims one of the advertises on a famous online e-commerce website. These concerns no longer exist because of the advent of EMI facilities on expensive online products.

EMI or Easy Monthly Installment actually feels like it was invented keeping the Indian customers in mind. With festivals dotting the Indian calendar all around the year, and a prosperous population a.k.a. ‘Market’ to consume anything and everything the world has to offer, it just makes sense to make buying easier for buyers. This is especially true when you know they will be buying more this way. However, as a customer, you should always be cautious and clever when practicing this seemingly powerful facility to buy things beyond your capacity. Credit cards and EMIs while feasible could prove to be a big headache if dealt with clumsily. Here are a few tips you should remember whenever you plan to buy online, especially electronics on EMI:

Tip 1: Choose The Right EMI Option
When you are looking to buy a phone online on EMI with your Credit card, you have to be mindful of certain payments. While there is a good 12% to 18% interest rate on the EMI, some brands and banks even offer a 0% interest rate. Banks try to mitigate their losses by performing credit risk assessment before allocating you a loan. Most banks such as HDFC, SBI, ICICI etc. offer you with EMIs ranging from a period of 3 to 36 months.

Take the example of an iPhone X which is available at a discounted price of Rs. 79,999/- on Flipkart and which can be purchased using the EMI facility. Here, ICICI bank is offering multiple standard plans from 3 EMIs at 13% PA i.e. 27,247 p.m. to 36 EMIs at 14% PA i.e. 2,735 p.m. Also, you need to do the down payment along with a one-time processing fee (generally 0.5 to 1% of the total amount) and then pay the remaining amount in installments. Which means for an EMI of 3 Months, you will be paying a total of Rs. 81,741 i.e. Rs. 1,742/- extra while for an EMI of 36 months, you’ll end up paying Rs. 98,460/-, which is a whopping Rs. 18,461/- extra. This is an amount in which you can easily buy another decent smartphone.

If you are genuinely looking to buy something without the hassle of interest filled payments , then the best option is to look out for a‘0% interest EMI’ or ‘No cost EMI’. There are only a few banks which provide you with this option compared to the standard EMIs. Hence, you need to ensure your bank provides you with this facility so that you can avail its benefits. There is a certain one-time charge that they accrue though. But it is still a feasible option than standard EMI.

Let not the lure of paying less amount each month fool you into paying much more than the actual price. It is advisable to choose a moderate tenure of EMI where you can pay the monthly dues without much sweat while keeping the interest rates under control.

Tip 2: Buy Only The Essentials
Most e-commerce websites entice you with the option to buy expensive products online using Easy EMI options. The algorithm of the online websites is such that you will be searching for a TV, and a suggestion for a home theater will be displayed on the page end. You would be looking for a mobile phone, and a suggestion for covers and screen guard will pop up. All these fascinating offers are only good to bewitch you and make you spend more than you had initially planned. Whenever spending, you need to analyze and decide whether the amount you are willing to pay is congruent with your current financial situation and needs. Always remember that whether it be a TV or a fridge or a phone, it is just a product and not an asset. Hence, the value will only keep depreciating over its limited lifetime.

Tip 3: Pay Your Dues On Time
An EMI paid from a credit card is deducted wholly at one go. That means If you want to buy a TV worth 50,000, your credit limit should be at least 50,000 or more to deem you eligible. When you purchase anything on EMI, the whole amount is deducted from your credit amount and you are required to repay this amount in EMIs to your credit provider. Pay your dues on time and avoid defaulting. In this way, your credit score will also be maintained.

Hence, if you are planning to buy a TV, fridge or mobile phone this Christmas, always go for an EMI option which does not stretch your finances beyond limits. Keep your heads on your shoulders and do not get carried away in the festive fervor. We at CRIF hope you enjoy Christmas and keep your spirits & credit score high!

Went Overboard On Your Finances This Festive Season? 3 Ways to Come Out Of It

Diwali, Christmas and then New Year brought along with it a lot of celebration, jollification and merry making. The long holiday week saw a surge of people flooding the roads and skies, cross travelling between cities and countries. Gauging the streets filled with frantic shoppers, shopping it seems, has reached an all-time high. People are desperately trying to keep up with the lofty lifestyle of this generation. With all the glitter around you, you are compelled to believe that If you are not spending, you are not doing it right. Certainly then, all this subsistence comes with a price tag. Considering you too went a bit overboard on your spending this festive season, here are some tips to get you back from your financial guilt-trip.

1. Get rid of your credit card, well just temporarily
Do this right now. Hide your credit card and forget about its whereabouts for a month! Seriously, that’s the only immediate way to escape further debt. While we know this is not practically doable, but having a credit card handy post is like lingering around the forbidden fruit, one bite, and get ready to be kicked out of the garden. Resist the temptation if you don’t want to bleed your credit score further. You can use a debit card instead to avoid the risk of debt. Better still, is to use a digital wallet or withdraw the old fashioned cash from the ATM and spend the same. In this way, you have a limited resource to spend from which keeps you aware each time the amount is deducted. The point is to pause your credit card usage for a while until things settle down!

2. Instead of buying new stuff, sell or exchange old one
Instead of indulging in buying something new, learn the art of selling, recycling and reusing. There are quite a few unused things in every house which can be either reprocessed or sold off. With various online portals at your disposal, selling has become as easy as buying. Those items which lay unused occupying your space could be sold off for a goodly return and for good. If you are not among the ones to engage in the hassle of selling, then you may look out for exchange offers. There are offers on electronics and clothes where you can exchange old ones in return of a new one minus the value of the old.

3. Prioritize on clearing your debt
Stress on clearing your debt first. Maintain due diligence wherever possible. Even the seemingly trivial expenses such as having outside food and drinks, turning off your AC/lights, cutting down your car drives, avoiding using debit/credit card in place of cash, avoiding unnecessary purchase of things could collectively have a significant effect on your savings. In this way, you will be able to repay the monthly EMIs on time and pay at least the minimum due credit card amount. You will also learn some discipline and could even inculcate this as a habit thus helping you in the long run to improve your credit report.

Now that the festive season is over and the damage has been done, it is time for you to scrutinize your financial health. In India, you are entitled for free credit score from any of the four bureaus authorized by RBI. Credit scores can vary across the bureaus and an overall score of 700 and above is considered healthy for all.

Seth Godin, an American author says, “People do not buy goods & services. They buy relations, stories, and magic.” This quote indicates that our buying decisions are not completely based on rationality but are driven by some emotional impetus such as Love, Pride, Ego etc. We don’t just want to buy a utility, we want to buy a memory. Hence, while buying, we tend to prefer something expensive over useful in order to maintain our status.

The company you have while shopping also matters a lot as they influence your buying decisions more than you think. You only realize what you have purchased once you are in the ecosystem of your own house. Spare yourself this emotional atyachaar by keeping your head on your shoulders while shopping. If you comply with the above laws, you will soon find yourself out of this financial mess!

Learn To Be A Smart Borrower This Festive Season

This New Year, learn to be a smart borrower in the Super-hero way!

The susceptibility to become a spendthrift becomes more during the Christmas and New Year season. As the festivities are about to start, we are sure to buy gifts for loved ones, appliances for home and jewelry in abundance because of the irresistible offers that dominate the market. At this time of the season there are loans that people avail to buy expensive things. Often they throw caution to the wind to take advantage of a festive deal.

But does waiting for the festive offers to kick in so that you can save money make you smart? Are you really saving money? Is it a smart decision to splurge during the festive season? Let us break down the steps you should keep in your mind in the Superhero way while you decide your expenses this festive season.

With great festivals comes big expenditures!
It is essential to plan your shopping spree beforehand. As Batman said “with great power comes great responsibilities” so in a country where every festival is celebrated magnanimously it may get difficult to curb your expenditure. Don’t let the festive mood get the better of your financial judgment. It’s important to differentiate between what you need and what you want to avoid (impulsive shopping!).

Make a list of the things you are planning to buy based on affordability and try to stick to it. You should do a meticulous comparison of the available products and look for the best deals before you zero in on an item. Rein in your horses and take objective decisions.

This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I’m Credit Score.
As Spider-Man accepted his powers as a gift, you should enhance your credit score and use it as gift too. Maintaining credit score is important and it is not unknown to anybody who handles finances on their own. If your credit score is 700 or above, then you are eligible to get a loan to fulfill your wishes. In case it is lower than 700 then you should mend it before it becomes a curse.

Your overall financial health is reflected in credit score and to make it better one must do payments and repayments on time, do a yearly check on the score and use credit in a wiser way. If you are looking for ways to ensure you keep your credit score, well above average, then don’t forget to read our blog,“7 Surefire Ways to Improve Your Credit Score”

Life doesn’t give us money, loans give us.
Getting a loan is easier now-a-days if you meet the eligibility and parameters like good credit score and report. Consumer durable loans are an amount of money lent to an individual for personal, family, or household purposes. Consumer loans are monitored by government regulatory agencies for their compliance with consumer protection regulations such as the Truth in Lending Act.

It is important to know whether you can pay of the loan that you take for buying or the amount that you are paying back does not have a vast difference with the principal amount of the loan. The super hero Flash says “Life doesn’t give us purpose. We give life purpose.” just the way loans work for consumers. Remember to take up a loan that has a considerably lower tenure but higher EMI, this eventually saves you money and gives better interest rates.

In a world of ordinary mortals, Discounts are a wonder woman.
As wonder woman says, “In a world of ordinary mortals, you are a wonder woman”, here the regular prices are ordinary mortals and the heavy discounts and offers are the wonder women while you buy your dreams. The festive season brings in best of offers and discounts, slashing out the price as low as possible. It is your duty to do your research thoroughly before you cash in on any offer.

As Superman say “I hear everything. You wrote that the world doesn’t need a savior, but every day I hear people crying for one”, CRIF is the super hero that helps you measure your credit score in the most accurate way so that you are financially aware and plan your expenses in such a way that you save more and spend less.