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5 Ways To Use Payday Loans Responsibly

Jan 31, 2008
Everyone has been in a financial bind before and a lifesaver for a large number of people is the payday loan. Some upper class and even middle class people tend to see these loans as beneath them, but nothing could be further from the truth. The middle class are often the ones that make the most use of payday loans and when you are faced with some unexpected expenses, they can really help you out.

Payday loans have such a bad reputation mainly because a great number of people use these irresponsibly.

1) The best way to judge whether you need a payday loan is to ask yourself whether you are going to be able to get by without one. Never use a payday loan to purchase something that you can live without, like a television or a computer, unless it is somehow crucial to how you make a living. Payday loans are best used for emergencies only and as a last resort. If you have money you were saving for something else, use it instead of a payday loan.

2) Never borrow more money than you can pay back when it is due. This is a good rule to use when talking about credit in general. Most payday loans are due either the next week or within the next two weeks. Make sure you know for sure you will have the money to repay the loan with.

3) Understand that you do not get something for nothing. All payday loans have either a percentage of the amount you borrowed added to the bill you owe as interest or there is a flat fee depending on how much you borrow. These percentages can be as low as 10% or $25, depending on the size of the loan. Factor this in when you consider getting a payday loan.

4) Borrow only what you need at the time. You may be tempted to borrow up to your limit, but consider the fees you will pay later when the loan matures, which will be soon.

5) You can also use the cash advance feature of your credit card, if you have one. This is about the same as a payday loan, since the interest percentage is about the same. The only difference is that you do not have to go through another application process to use it, since you were already approved by your credit card company.
About the Author
Dror Klar is a writer in the field of finances and is currently assisting those in need of cash advances and payday loans.
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