If you have a family, then you will find that life is expensive. You will not only be needing to support yourself but children as well. With children often comes the need for a larger home and car as well as payment for activities that they do on top of their clothes, food and other needs. This means that it can be much more difficult to manage the money, then it would be without children. If you have a loan then it can be even more difficult to manage as you will need to make those repayments each month.
It is worth thinking hard before committing to any borrowing when you have a family. Consider whether it is something that you really need and whether you will be able to manage the repayments. Some borrowing, such as a mortgage, could be good as it could be cheaper than renting. However, if you spend a lot on a credit card and cannot afford to pay it all back, you could be paying out money in interest for a long time and end up with nothing to show for it. So think hard before you borrow any money and try to decide whether it is for something that you really need or whether you can do without and save a significant amount of money as well as stress.
If you are struggling with the loan repayments then it can be wise to speak to the lender about it. They will be able to let you know whether they can reduce your monthly repayments. They may be happy to allow you to pay back less each month and make more repayments. This will obviously make the term of the loan longer and means that it will be more expensive. However, if it means that you can cope better and more easily provide your family with everything that they need, then it could be worth considering.
Switching to a cheaper lender can be another way of reducing how much you are paying out each month. You will need to look into this though as some lenders will have a charge if you try to move to an alternative lender and it could be so high that you will actually save more money by staying with them. It is therefore worth getting in touch with your current lender and asking whether there is a charge for switching lenders and how much it is. Then you will be able to see whether it is worth switching by comparing that figure with the total savings you will make each month by switching.
If you are still struggling, then it is worth looking at where you are spending your money. If you compare the prices on everything that you buy form electricity to cheese, you could find that you are paying more than you need to. It may be worth switching providers in many areas form utilities and insurance to supermarkets and petrol stations so that you can save money. Do note though, that if you are driving further away to buy things, you will need to allow for the increase in fuel costs when calculating whether it is a cheaper option for you.
You could also consider finding ways to earn more money so that you have more income to pay for the loan repayments. In some cases it might be fairly easy for you to take on some extra work. You might be able to ask for more hours in the job that you are doing. However, if you have a family, it is likely that someone will need to be around to look after the children. This means that taking on more hours of work may just not be possible. There are alternatives though. It is possible to earn online and you could do this which you were supervising the children or once they are asleep at night. Or one of you could look after the children while the other does evenings, weekends or night work. This may not be a favourable option though as you may prefer to see your children.