Avoid Payday Loan Companies - Video

 

Summary: Payday loan companies are a bad financial idea. They feed your impulse to spend what you don't have, and then they charge you exorbitant fees for it.

The following is the transcript of the video:

I completely understand the mentality of needing your paycheck before payday. It's definitely a stressful feeling to not have money available. But heading over to a payday loan company is not the solution. Those companies charge exorbitant fees and you run the risk of getting into greater debt. Payday loan companies are at the edge of a slippery financial slope that can be difficult to get back on top of.

When you go into a payday loan company you typically postdate a check for the amount you want advanced, plus a fee. They give you the cash and when the date comes the company cashes the check.

Payday loan companies are supposedly convenient but tend to trap people in a never-ending spiral of debt. The best way to avoid them is to budget your money so you don't ever spend money you don't have. If you have to negotiate with your creditors or borrow some quick cash from a family member, then do it before you go to a payday loan company.

If you are chronically short on cash or if your payday never seems to conveniently coincide with your due dates, you can consider taking out a small, low-fee credit card to bridge the gap. Once again, however, don't spend more than you have. If you can't pay back your credit card bill then don't spend that money in the first place.

There are other alternatives to payday loan companies, and the best way to eliminate the need is to budget your money and spend only what you have. If you don't know how to wisely budget your money then look into credit counseling or seeing a financial advisor. Whatever your financial state though, payday loans are never worth it!

For a longer tip related to this subject, see Avoid Payday Loan Companies

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