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I'm 15 and traveling to Hungary for Christmas. And my parents are paying for half my ticket because that's all they can afford. I have to pay for the other half and have enough for spending money. But I only get 2 shifts a week on an average pay wedge. I'm too young to take out a loan, I know, but can my parents take one out for me? Like charge the loan to my account?

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    If you can't afford to go to Hungary, don't go to Hungary... – Bobo Oct 1 '14 at 15:52
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    Of course, he could choose to go hungry, to save to go to Hungary, but I wouldn't recommend it. – atk Oct 1 '14 at 19:29
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    Your parents want to pay for half the trip which is... enough to get you there only? – Michael Oct 2 '14 at 1:24
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    Bobo's right. Don't buy stuff you cannot afford. – Mason Wheeler Oct 2 '14 at 20:27
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    I don't know how much more you need, but you could consider asking friends and extended family for gifts instead of loans to help you make this trip, especially if the trip is very significant for you (i.e. visiting relatives you haven't seen in a very long time; not just touring eastern Europe). You might not get all the remaining money that way, but if everyone just contributed $25-50 and you only needed $1K, that could potentially make up a substantial chunk of it. – Doktor J Oct 3 '14 at 0:38
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It may seem like you cannot live without this trip, but borrowing money is a bad habit to get into. Especially for things like vacations. Your best bet is to save up money and only ever pay cash for things that will decrease in value.

Please note that while it is a bad idea to borrow money for things that decrease in value, the "opposite" is not necessarily true. That is, it is not necessarily a good idea to borrow money for things that will increase in value; or, will earn you income.

False assumptions can cloud our judgement. The housing bubble and the stock market crash of 1929 are two examples, but there are many others.

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    +5 million, if I could for "pay cash for things that will decrease in value" (suggesting an edit). Personal finance can be boiled down to: only take out a loan if it makes you money (with the exception, maybe, of a mortgage), and help most people improve their lives. – Jay Oct 1 '14 at 23:18
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    While true, and good advice, it does not answer the question and should probably be a comment. – Konerak Oct 2 '14 at 8:07
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    @Joshua - an unsubstantiated generality. Over the long term, homes have tracked inflation and no more. When expenses, transaction costs, and the fact that people tend to buy more space than they need, the topic itself isn't conclusive. – JTP - Apologise to Monica Oct 2 '14 at 12:34
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    While I generally agree with the response, this answer fails to take into account the fact that perhaps the OP has family (elderly grandparents, etc) that they wish to visit; family members who may be in poor health, for whom a visit cannot be postponed indefinitely until they scrape together the finances for it. It also fails to answer the question of whether the OP's parents can take out the loan. – Doktor J Oct 3 '14 at 0:34
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    To the flaggers - If you wish to downvote, please do so. This is one of those rare occasions where the answer to "How do I .....?" is just "Don't." The +30 score shows that members agree. – JTP - Apologise to Monica Oct 3 '14 at 13:47
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When borrowing a small sum from a bank, there's usually no collateral. i.e. no property to put a lien on, no gems put in a vault. It's a personal loan. A loan for a plane ticket for you or for them wont make a difference. If they have the borrowing ability, it's their loan.

That said, if your family finances are so tight, no one can buy a full round trip ticket, you should not be taking this trip. If your (whole family) savings is not above 3-6 months living expenses, you still shouldn't take this trip.

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If you're in the US then no. You cannot enter a binding contract therefore you will not get a loan from a bank. Cosigner or no cosigner, anything to do with a loan and a bank will not involve you.

Your parents can get a loan, then they can give you the money, then you can pay them for their payments, but none of that means the loan has anything to do with you. It's their loan, if they default it's on them.

Given your age, you probably will ignore everyone else's advice here about this trip being a bad idea if you can't afford it, but you should reconsider it. You will be paying for this trip long after the fun and excitement has worn off. This is the cycle that sends alot of families into bankruptcy, and it's a horrible habit to learn so young. "Loan" shouldn't even be in your vocabulary dealing with anything other than a library book.

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    On the other hand, when I was thirty I could easily afford paying for things that seemed very, very expensive when I was 15. – gnasher729 Oct 2 '14 at 14:15
  • 15 years is a long time to have a debt hanging over your head for a trip – Noah Oct 2 '14 at 19:18
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You can certainly borrow from your parents, and they can take out a loan under their own names if you can persuade them to do so. That really is the best solution I can think of for a loan to a minor... assuming that your parents think the trip is important enough to justify the cost and commitment of taking out a loan at all. (If they don't, they wouldn't co-sign for a loan either.)

Other than that... I think the simple answer is "no". You are probably going to have to find some other way to raise the money, or delay the trip.

(Yes, theoretically there are things that can be done with them guaranteeing a loan on your behalf. But at your age, I don't know whether you would be considered legally competent to sign that agreement in most jurisdictions, and realistically it winds up being no less risky for your parents than the approach I suggested since they're still on the hook if you can't repay in time.)

  • It's not terrible advice IF the parents agree that the loan should be taken out because the trip is necessary. However, I'm betting they will say "no", which brings things to the next paragraph -- if it's important to you, find a way to earn money to close the gap, or find a way to be more realistic about your plans. – keshlam Oct 1 '14 at 20:04
  • (Note that even if the parents could guarantee a loan for an underage kid, they're taking no less risk than if they took out the loan themselves or loaned from their own pockets. In any of these cases, if the kid's late in paying they're out of pocket, and if the kid fails to pay they're the ones who have to make up the difference. The only real advantage of guaranteeing a loan rather than making a loan is that someone else does the bookkeeping unless/until the loan gets into trouble.) – keshlam Oct 1 '14 at 20:11
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    I think the "That really is the best solution" should have the caveat of "if, after considering all alternatives, it's decided the benefits of the trip outweigh the risks and costs of going into debt for it." – corsiKa Oct 1 '14 at 20:34
  • No objection to adding a caveat. – keshlam Oct 1 '14 at 20:37
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    @gnasher729: As far as the contract exists the "kid" doesn't exist with the solution provided. The parents take out a loan. They give money to their child. The child (hopefully) gives them money back. I would also imagine that deliberately getting a loan you know is invalid would probably involve fraudulent behaviour, potentially getting you in more trouble than defaulting on a loan... – Chris Oct 2 '14 at 16:08

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