As your purchasing power grows, so does your spending responsibility. As a consumer with disposable income, it can be difficult to separate actual needs from wants disguised as necessities. If you’re not careful, small purchases of nonessential items throughout the year can quickly add up and get you off track from your budget.
Retailers are excellent at making their products and services seem essential to everyday life. Buy now, pay later payment options saw significant growth in the 2010s due to the popularity of online shopping, and these deferred payment options aren’t looking to slow down anytime soon.
While this option may seem like a good solution for purchasing items without cash on hand, pay-later purchases can quickly get out of hand if you don’t have a solid plan. If you’re in the market for a big-ticket item and have been considering whether or not you should buy now and pay later, you’re in the right spot.
Let’s dive into how to define a big purchase, determining needs versus wants and the best way to pay for those high-dollar buys.