Short of cash: Are payday loans a good thing?

By | August 20, 2007

Ever been a bit short of cash? I know I have: perhaps the rent is due tomorrow, but you don’t have it! Your insurance premium is due… Some bills are due. There is always one bill to be paid, regardless of the fact that you just paid the previous one!

One possible solution is Personal Cash Advance, a company that provides payday loans (or cash advances) for customers facing such short term cash flow problems. So what is a payday loan? Briefly, it’s a short term loan that is intended to provide applicants with a short term financing typically between $100 to $1500, until their next pay check arrives.

Such financing can be used in emergencies to cover unexpected costs and allow customers to avoid penalties for such costs as bounced checks and late payment fees. The term of such loans is usually two weeks. Customers choose payday advances to cover small, unexpected expenses while avoiding costly bounced-check fees and late payment penalties. With Personal Cash Advance you can apply for a payday loan online and have your advance electronically deposited to your checking or savings account.

For example, if your car has a break down, and you need it to be repaired to get to work, you may wish to use a small payday advance loan to avoid overcharging your credit card (perhaps the repairshop doesn’t accept credit cards!). Naturally, there are fees that are incurred before taking out such payday loans, so if you think it is likely that you will need a payday loan, it’s wise to invest a little time reading the terms of the loans BEFORE you need to.

A little research in this area before emergencies can help borrowers to decide quickly on effective solutions, rather than simply signing on the dotted line with no idea what’s in the terms of the agreement or the APR. And make sure you understand what the charges are, how much they are, and when the installments are due! Payday Loans aren’t without their problems, though. If you find that you are borrowing such loans on a revolving or frequent basis, you may need to look at why this is the case. They may in fact be making things worse, not better.

So, research, consider and decide responsibly to avoid unnecessary problems, and Payday Loans should be fine. How do you handle cash flow issues? If you’re short of cash one month, what do you do? How do you deal with the situation? Is it recurring?

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2 thoughts on “Short of cash: Are payday loans a good thing?

  1. Spotya Cash Advance

    You’re absolutely right, recurring payday loans can become a problem for some people. And it’s never a good idea to get a second payday loan to pay off the first! It’s best to try to budget a little so that you can afford to pay the loan off. I would also add that it’s good to avoid borrowing more than you really need. Though it can be tempting, higher loan amounts = higher loan fees. Be careful and be smart.

  2. InvestorBlogger Post author

    I would reckon most people doing these payday loans have little in the way of extra cash to cover an emergency. Probably extra cash is difficult to come by even on a regular month, but an emergency will often push things over the edge.

    Kenneth

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