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About Payday Loans

Are you trying to find out if payday loans are the best way to cover an emergency expense? Are you trying to decide what type of payday lender to borrow from? Or maybe you are just curious as to what a payday loan is and how they work? Speedy Cash has the answers to your questions.

We have created an educational guide on payday loans so that you can make an informed decision if and when you decide to apply for a payday loan. To get started, select a topic.

What are Payday Loans?

Traditionally, a payday loan is a small, short-term loan that is due to be paid back when you are next paid. Payday advance loans are designed to help cover emergency expenses or other financial obligations that might come up between pay checks.

Typically, payday loans:

  • Range from $50 - $1,500
  • Are paid back on your next pay day
  • Carry a flat fee for the amount you borrow

How Do I Know If a Payday Loan Is Right for Me?

Payday loans can be a temporary solution for short-term financial needs. However, they are not intended to be a solution for managing your budget, borrowing a large sum of money, or borrowing money over an extended period of time. Before you decide to borrow, take a step back and consider your options. Review the below examples of when to consider and when to avoid payday loans, as well as some alternatives to taking out a payday loan.

When to Consider a Payday Loan

Here are a few examples of when a payday loan may be a good solution:

  • Avoid bounced checks and overdraft fees
  • Pay for daily essentials (such as groceries, utilities, mortgage/rent, etc.)
  • Unexpected auto and home repairs
  • Other emergency expenses

When to Avoid a Payday Loan

Here are a few examples of when a payday loan may not be a good solution:

  • When you need a large amount of money
  • When you need an extended amount of time to pay back the money you borrow
  • When you need to borrow money time and time again
  • Non-essential purchases (such as buying the latest and greatest TV, taking a vacation, or buying holiday gifts)

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Borrow Responsibly

If you determine that a payday loan is a good fit for you, it’s important to borrow responsibly. This will help keep you from falling into a cycle of debt. Here are a couple of tips to help you practice responsible borrowing:

  • Only borrow as much money as you need (even if you’re approved for more)
  • Only take out a payday loan if you can afford to pay it back on your next payday
  • Only use payday loans for emergency expenses
  • Use payday loans with caution, know all of the terms and fees for the loan before signing an agreement

Payday Loan Alternatives

Instead of taking out a payday loan, here are some alternatives to consider:

  • Borrow from family or friends
  • Build up an emergency cash fund or savings account
  • Negotiate with your creditors by calling and asking them if they can work with you
  • Keep a credit card for emergency expenses only
  • Ask your employer for an advance
  • Look into overdraft protection plans for your checking account

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