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What should I do before I get a payday loan or a cash advance loan?
Before you get one of these loans, consider other ways to borrow money:
- Can I get a loan from a bank or credit union?
- Can I get more time to pay my bills by talking with creditors or a credit counselor?
- Do I have money saved that I can use?
- Can I borrow money from family or friends?
- Can I use a credit card instead?
How do I choose which way to borrow money?
Compare the costs, if you have more than one choice. For each choice, find out:
- what is the APR?
- what are the fees?
- how soon must I repay the money?
- what happens if I cannot repay?
Write the answers to these questions. Decide which choice is best for you.
I decided to get a payday loan. What should I do?
- ask the lender to tell you how much it will cost in dollars
- ask the lender to tell you the APR
- borrow only what you can pay back with your next paycheck