Making a Major Purchase

“It is good to have money and the things money can buy, but it is good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.”

George Horace Lorimer 

“Money is of no value; it cannot spend itself. All depends on the skill of the spender.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Making a major purchase is like undertaking any major project and requires planning and goal setting prior to the purchase.

First, what is a major purchase? We define this as any purchase which costs more than 10% of your gross annual income (or 5% of your net assets) and will include home renovations, purchasing a car, some types of travel and purchasing some items such electronic equipment and furniture.

Since these activities often require a significant outlay of your money, there are some key decisions to be made.

  • Is this a pressing need or something that we want – can it wait or must we have it now?
  • Over time, will the item appreciate (go up in value) or depreciate (decrease in value)?
  • How will we fund the purchase – savings or borrowings?
  • What is the total cost of the purchase – upfront and continuing?
  • Which item should you actually buy – which offers the best value for money?
  • Other than price, what else is important to you?
  • Where can you get advice that you can rely on?

Major purchase decisions will stay with you for a long time (physically and financially), so you need to invest the time and research into ensuring that the decisions you make are the right ones.

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