The power of compounding, where gains from savings or investments are reinvested to generate additional earnings over time, makes saving for a given financial goal less expensive than borrowing.
This calculator will allow you to input the amount of money you need to save, along with the length of time you have to save and interest rate, and then determine the cost difference between saving and borrowing.
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Here's an example:
A family that aims to accumulate $50,000 in savings over a 10 year period only has to save $293 per month at 7% annual growth rate, whereas a family that borrows $50,000 at 7% interest when their student starts college will have to pay back $580 a month over a 10 year period. That's a difference of $33,925 in total payments!
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