Updated 04-06-2015

Payday Loan ReviewsPayday Loan Reviews

Need a small short-term loan, just until next pay day? For many people, their bank will not be the best answer. Banks generally just don't deal in loan amounts less than $500, and the loan process is lengthy, requiring credit checks and collateral. That's where payday loans come in. You get get cash on hand, and have it automatically paid back on your next pay day. We've reviewed a range of payday lenders to help you find the best option for short term cash.

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The Future of Payday Loans in America
Most people are aware that payday loans aren’t the most financially sound solution for taking care of everyday money problems, but that doesn’t stop millions of Americans from using these services on a daily basis. The numbers are almost unbelievable, as Alabama recently found out when its Banking Department set out to create a statewide […]

Texas and Other States Crack Down on Predatory Payday Lenders: What This Means for You
It’s no secret that the payday loan industry is rife with predatory payday lenders. Even lenders that aren’t inherently predatory still often use practices which leave borrowers stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of debt. This is a big deal, considering more than 12 million people in the U.S. take advantage of payday loans every […]

Personal Loans vs. Payday Loans: Which is the Best Option?
Sometimes, you just can’t help it — you need to borrow money, and you need it fast. Traditional loans through a bank take time and paperwork, and many have hoops to jump through that those with less-than-stellar credit might not be able to make. Fortunately, other options exist in the form of personal loans and […]

How to Avoid the Payday Loan Debt Cycle
Emergencies happen whether we plan for them or not — that’s why they’re called emergencies. When your car breaks down or an illness lands you in the doctor’s office, your financial situation can go from precarious to dire in an instant. This is especially true for low-income households, which often live paycheck-to-paycheck, but the unexpected […]

How does a payday loan work?

Payday loans are short-term advances provided by a licensed lender to a consumer. Funds are electronically deposited in the customer's account when the loan is made, and are automatically withdrawn when the loan is due on the customer's payday. Payday lenders charge fees and/or interest on a payday loan, which is also withdrawn on the due date. Rates, maximum loan amounts, and contracts vary by state.

Our payday loan reviews

During our review process we researched each payday lender's website and looked for important information like the availability of contact information. We also looked at how clearly the terms were spelled out and whether they were within the law as we understand it. In addition we provided BBB (Better Business Bureau) grades to give readers an idea of each lender's customer service practices. However, because each state has different laws in regards to payday lenders, we suggest you carefully review the information on the lenders' websites in order to understand the specifics of the terms in your state.

Fees and APRs

Payday lenders generally charge fees and interest per $100.00 that you borrow. By law, these fees and interest charges must be computed and shown as APRs (Annual Percentage Rates) so that customers can compare them to other forms of debt, such as credit cards. This generally means APRs in the range of 400% to 500%. While these are high percentages, it's important to remember that these loans are meant to be paid off in a period of 2 to 4 weeks; if paid on-time the actual interest rate is much lower. However, if you refinance your loan, as allowed in some states, the rate will quickly compound, which is why we recommend paying off the loan when it's due.

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