This is a sponsored guest post. Use judgment and caution when taking out any type of loan.
We hear so much about the high price of payday loan financing. It is the preferred means of borrowing when you have a poor credit score and no functioning credit card.
But is it possible that a cash advance paycheck service (another name for a payday loan) is a good deal? It depends on what you compare it to. And knowing the actual cost of things, loans and credit card balances in particular, can be pretty confusing.
Start with the interest rates charged. There has been a lot of misreporting on payday loan costs because quite typically the EAR, effective annual rate, is what we hear about. On a $100 payday loan, the compound of a $15/two week loan is 26 x $15, which comes to a $390 finance charge on that $100 loan, an EAR of 3,685%. Not at all a good deal. But no one in his or her right mind would hold onto a loan that costs so much. Instead, that $15 charge calculated as an APR (annual percentage rate) would be 390 percent. In fact, you are paying only 15% on the loan (note most come with a transaction fee in addition to the interest rate). It is much more reasonable than the EAR figure that is bandied about.
For a sample of what payday loan charges can be, visit http://www.cashnetusa.com/. This is a good player in the industry, offering reasonable rates and payback plans.
Now, compare these interest charges to the sky-high rates charged by credit card companies. These can be 29% on revolving charges, which many borrowers have a hard time eliminating over months and even years. The interest charges can effectively be in the stratosphere. With poor credit, most other forms of borrowing is unavailable to borrowers.
Bottom line: Know the real numbers and investigate your options. Then pay back the loan in as quick a period of time as possible.