Most of us borrow money at some time or another and sometimes we end up with more money than we actually need. If this happens to you, you may wonder whether you can spend the money on anything you want.


The answer depends on what type of loan is involved. Some loans are awarded for a specific purpose. On the other hand, many short-term loans are awarded for any personal use. If you are deciding what to spend borrowed money on, you need to check the loan agreement that you signed. Doing this will help you find out if there are any restrictions on the way that you can spend the money. In the case of loans for a specific purpose you will usually find that there are restrictions in place. Here are some examples of loans where this will usually be the case.


Home loans


In the case of home loans, it’s almost impossible to spend the money on anything else. This is because you will normally be expected to have closed on a property using the home loan cash. However, you may be able to borrow against the equity in a property that you currently own. This allows you to spend the money on pretty much anything you want to. But, you should always think carefully about doing this because if you struggle to make monthly mortgage payments you could be at risk of losing your home.


Auto loans


In the same way that home loans are secured against your property, auto loans are secured against the vehicle that you purchase. This means that you should not be tempted to try to sell a car that you owe money on as the lender has a lien on the vehicle. This also means that it’s pretty difficult to spend auto loans on anything other than purchasing a vehicle.


Business loans


The lines tend to blur a little more when it comes to using a business loan. It can be tempting to spend the money on everyday living expenses. However, in the case of many of these loans, they are only intended to be used for expenses that are directly related to the business. This means that spending the money on anything else could lead to legal issues with the lender.



When can you spend loan money on anything you want?


Of course, there are some occasions where you can spend the money that you borrow in any way you choose. For instance, you may have taken out a small personal loan to tide you over in an emergency. This does not mean that you can only spend the money on the emergency itself.


You will normally have a specific reason for applying for a personal loan. Once this reason has been satisfied, you can usually spend the money in any way that you choose.


The safest way to know how you can spend the money you have borrowed is to read the loan agreement. Doing this allows you to see if your spending is restricted in any way and you should always adhere to these restrictions. If you do not do so you could face legal action by the lender.



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