Understanding Payday Loans Payday loans, also called payday advances or paycheck advances, are short-term, small amount loans that individuals can borrow to cover expenses, unexpected bills or for other reasons when they need extra money until payday. People usually take payday loans for two-week terms with the loan amount anywhere from one hundred to six hundred dollars or more. When financially stuck and someone needs money to carry them over until payday, asking family, friends or acquaintances to lend them cash is not always a good idea. Some people may not have the money to lend or are uncomfortable lending money in case there is a problem getting it back. It is better to take payday loans when necessary to get through a temporary financial crisis until they are paid. Used responsibly, payday loans are practical and help in a financial bind but it important to understand how they work. The usual terms necessary to apply for payday loans are having a steady income, meeting the necessary minimum salary requirements and a checking or savings account but every lender has their own prerequisites. Some of the standard requirements for all payday loans companies include being a U.S. resident eighteen years of age or older, having an active bank account for a specific number of months and a current payroll stub and current bank statement. No credit check is necessary and bad credit, bounced checks, bankruptcy and other credit problems do not usually prevent anyone from getting a payday loans approval, as they base this on the current bank account, employment verification and a few other factors. Payday loans have many advantages and the main reason is getting almost instant cash when a financial emergency arises. Some payday loans companies give you the cash or check immediately while others deposit the money directly into your bank account within a few hours or the same day. If you have a pending bill that will affect your credit rating if not paid on time, a payday loan will pay it without adversely affecting your credit. Remember that a payday loan is not a gift and must be paid back so borrow wisely. In an emergency financial crisis, payday loans help borrowers get fast access to cash, resulting in less worry and a solution to their financial problems. It is good to check with your own bank first if you require money until payday. A few banks are now starting to offer their customers that have paychecks direct deposited regularly and automatically into their bank account, loans similar to payday loans but with lower interest rates.
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