When a sudden surplus of money comes in, there are a couple thoughts that go through one’s head.
The first, regardless of your financial situation, is to treat or “spoil” oneself outside the bounds of your regular spending habits. Look no further than postings on social media around the time that tax return cheques roll in, where people will proudly proclaim that the three-figures they got back from the government are going to a new TV or a trip south of the border.
Those who are more financially minded, however, will look to their current bottom line and make a decision based on that status.
And here’s where the real questions start to perk up – do I invest or do I pay down a debt.
It’s a real puzzler.
Putting the money into the markets or even into a TFSA or RRSP does give you a little bit of confidence for your future – you’ve been able to do a little bit more for your 30-years-from-now-self and/or family.
The other option is to put that money against debt, be it loan, line of credit or mortgage which solves your current financial issues, or at least makes a dent in the bill you face over a 20-year span.
The reality is that either of these scenarios – or to throw a curveball and split the two – do more for you than your short splurge from a pure financial point of view. Factor in the little bit of emotional relief that comes with easing your debtload or increased security down the line, and you can start to see the benefits of putting that sudden rush of funds in the bank rather than in retail.
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