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Credit Union Informs: Alternatives to Payday Loans

Tue, Oct 15, 2013 @ 02:23 PM / by Erayne Hill posted in credit union, Unity One Credit Union, payday loans

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Short-term payday loans offer fast cash to cover expenses until your next paycheck, but they come with high rates and short repayment periods. Often many borrowers require another loan to pay off the first, in a seemingly endless cycle.

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Getting a small, personal loans with a low rate and flexible payment can help get out of the cycle of payday loans. A smaller monthly payment, no prepayment penalties and a better interest rate will give you more disposable income each month.

Advance on Credit Card

This may come at a higher price than a personal loan, but it can be a better option for some people in certain situations. If you decide to seek a credit advance, remember that Unity One does not charge a cash advance fee, and the interest rate is the same as you would pay on a purchase.

Negotiate the Terms of Your Debt or Seek Credit Counseling

The FTC recommends that you speak to the financial institutions that you owe money to before making any other decisions. Many may be willing to work with consumers who they believe are acting in good faith by offering an extension on your bills. Be sure to inquire on what the charges would be for that service--a late charge, an additional finance charge or a higher interest rate.

Credit counseling is another way to manage the situation. It may not help your immediate situation, but it can help you get your finances in order so you will be less at risk of needing a payday loan in the future.

If you would like to discuss your options, stop by your local Unity One Credit Union branch and meet with a member service officer.

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Payday lending: Not as cheap as you may think

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 03:57 PM / by Erayne Hill posted in Payday lending, Unity One Credit Union, payday loans

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“Payday lending,” which is also called cash advance, check advance and post-dated check loans has become increasingly popular for fast cash.

All a consumer needs in order to obtain a payday loan is employment, a telephone, a utility bill, a checking account and a driver’s license. The borrower writes a personal check payable to the lender for the amount he/she wishes to borrow, plus a fee, which is typically in the range of 10% to 25% of the amount.

That check is held for up to four weeks. At that time, the check is redeemed by the borrower by paying the face amount of the check or allowing it to be cashed. If the borrower cannot cover the check, it can be rolled over for another term by writing another check with another set of fees added to the balance.

Consumers may be misled into thinking that payday loans are a cheap and convenient way of borrowing money for the short term. However, they often have difficulty repaying the loan because it leaves little or no money for living expenses. The result is that the borrower pays another round of charges and fees and obtains no additional cash in return.

With average annual interest rates ranging from 390% to 871%, payday lending is no bargain. Consider this example:

If the check is written with a face value of $200, a 15% fee ($30) is applied. The amount paid to the borrower is $170 and the lender receives $30, which translates to an APR of 458% if the loan is repaid in two weeks. If it is rolled into a new payday loan, an additional fee of $30 is charged, the loan is raised to $230 and the APR jumps to 917%. In other words, it could cost $60 to borrow $170 for one month.

Instead of resorting to this type of borrowing, visit your credit union branch or Unity One Credit Union and sit down with a member service officer. We’ll help you evaluate your situation and find a better option that won’t leave you in a vulnerable position.

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