Aussie spending: Why now’s the time to consolidate your debt

Aussie spending has been turbulent in 2020, with the devastating effects of the bushfires into the outbreak of COVID-19.  

In fact, according to Deloitte Access Economics’ latest quarterly Retail Forecasts subscriber report (Q2, 2020), retail spending has been a rollercoaster so far this year. 

The report revealed that after the surge in spending growth in the March quarter, Deloitte predicts that it will contract again by 4.0% in the June quarter. 

“2020 has been a tumultuous year for retailers. We’re not even halfway through, but across the whole sector we expect calendar 2020 to register a record breaking fall in real retail sales,” Deloitte Access Economics partner and Retail Forecasts principal author David Rumbens said.

“But while the average is dire, there may not be many retailers performing at the average – many will fare much worse, while supermarkets, pharmacies and hardware, amongst others, have been experiencing a golden run.”

Retail phases 2020 Deloitte

 Source: ABS Cat 8501.0, Deloitte Economics

It’s no secret that there has been a massive swing in consumers’ ability and willingness to spend. For some it has been a time to cut back and save or pay down debt, while others are splurging more than usual as they shop from home.

“Consumer willingness to spend will likely be buffeted by a number of different factors, meaning that one month’s trading experience may be a terrible guide to how the year as a whole pans out,” Rumbens said.

So, no matter which side of the spender-saver fence you sit on, if you are nestling old or new debt, it may be time for you to bid it farewell with a debt consolidation loan

How does a debt consolidation loan work?

A debt consolidation loan is a type of personal loan where you can combine a range of different debts and pay them back under one (and in some instances lower) interest rate. This could include credit card debt, store cards, other personal loans or car loans. 

Essentially, this loan rolls your debts into one so you only have to remember one loan term, one repayment due date, one repayment amount and one interest rate.  

Is a debt consolidation loan right for you? 

It all depends on your debts and your personal circumstances. In some cases, this type of loan could end up not only saving you money but also time and hassle as well. 

Here are some examples of when a debt consolidation loan may be a good idea: 

  • You find having multiple repayment due dates confusing 

  • You have a number of different debts with high interest rates 

  • You are unsure about which debts you should prioritise 

  • The benefits of a debt consolidation loan outweighs the disadvantages (for example, a longer loan term doesn’t end up costing you more than paying off your debts separately). 

Debt consolidation loans 2020 - last updated February 28, 2021

Search promoted personal loans below or do a full Mozo database search. Advertiser disclosure.
  • Mozo Experts Choice 2021
    No Fee Unsecured Personal Loan

    Fixed

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    5.95% p.a.to 17.95% p.a.
    5.95% p.a.to 17.95% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 2 to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.95% would cost $34,757.21 including fees.

    Pay ZERO fees on loans up to $50,000 with NOW Finance. With no establishment fee, ongoing fees or early payout fee. What’s more, get your guaranteed, tailored interest rate in two minutes with no impact on your credit score! Winner of Mozo's Experts Choice Unsecured Personal Loan 2021 award^.

    Compare
    Details
  • Mozo Experts Choice 2021
    Low Rate Personal Loan (Fixed, Unsecured)

    Excellent Credit

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    6.75% p.a.to 8.48% p.a.
    6.96% p.a.to 8.69% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 1 to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.75% would cost $35,580.23 including fees.

    OurMoneyMarket offer competitive low rates on loans up to $50,000, plus free extra repayments and fee-free redraw facility. Winner of Mozo's Experts Choice Unsecured Personal Loan 2021 award^.

    Compare
    Details
  • Personal Loan

    Variable, Unsecured

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    5.75% p.a.to 25.99% p.a.
    6.47% p.a.to 29.2% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 1 to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.75% would cost $35,190.18 including fees.

    Get a personalised rate quote in just 2 minutes, apply in just 7 minutes. Money transferred to your account the next business day. No exit or early repayment fees. Borrow up to $50,000.

    Compare
    Details
  • Unsecured Personal Loan

    Excellent Credit, Fixed

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    6.99% p.a.to 9.49% p.a.
    6.99% p.a.to 12.2% p.a.based on $10,000
    over 3 years

    Terms from 2 to 3 years. Representative example: a 3 year $10,000 loan at 6.99% would cost $11,114.11 including fees.

    Be rewarded for your good credit history with low rates. Plus there are no ongoing fees and you can pay off your loan with no early repayment penalties. Simply apply online and get a quote in minutes.

    Compare
    Details
  • Unsecured Personal Loan

    Fixed

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    6.49% p.a.to 19.95% p.a.
    6.76% p.a.to 20.26% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 3 to 5 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.49% would cost $35,405.64 including fees.

    Low personalised rates, ideal for borrowers with excellent credit. No monthly account fees, no early payout fees, so you can pay off your loan sooner. Borrow between $5,000 and $63,000. Easy online application, receive a response in minutes and approved funds within 24-48 hours!

    Compare
    Details
  • Standard Personal Loan

    Fixed, Unsecured

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    7.99% p.a.
    8.62% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 1 to 7 years. Representative example: a n/a year $0 loan at 7.99% would cost $6,988.90 including fees.

    Heritage Bank discounted rates for loans starting from $5,000 to $25,000 and a choice of loan terms up to five years.

    Compare
    Details

On the other hand, if you are already on top of your debt repayments, or have almost paid it down in full, a debt consolidation loan may not be worth it. 

Similarly, it’s important to keep in mind that these types of loans are designed to help you pay down your debt. So if a debt consolidation loan is likely to cost you more in interest, it may be a better idea to pay down your debts separately. 

RELATED ARTICLE: Where to get a no interest or low interest loan during COVID-19

Need a place to start looking for a debt consolidation loan? Check out the list below or jump over to our personal loan comparison table.

^See information about the Mozo Experts Choice Personal Loans Awards

Mozo provides general product information. We don't consider your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and we aren't recommending any specific product to you. You should make your own decision after reading the PDS or offer documentation, or seeking independent advice.

While we pride ourselves on covering a wide range of products, we don't cover every product in the market. If you decide to apply for a product through our website, you will be dealing directly with the provider of that product and not with Mozo.