Cashing Out Your 401(k): What You Need to Know - SmartAsset
Cashing out your 401(k) does give you much more immediate access to funds than other alternatives. So, some do use it as a temporary fix for things like debt. For example, if you lose your job, money from the 401(k) can help cover living expenses while you job search. After you find one, you can hop back into saving instead.