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What You Need To Know About Payday Loans

A payday loan also called a “cash advance” or “check advance” loan, is a type of unsecured personal loan based on how much you earn. These loans charge borrowers with high interest and short-term repayment demands.

Due to their extremely high-interest rates, payday loans may be considered predatory lending. A predatory lender usually doesn’t consider the borrower’s ability to repay and charges them with added fees through hidden provisions.

Payday loans can keep you in a cycle of debt, but you can break free of this by considering other options. Read on to learn why payday loans are not an ideal option for you and the better alternatives.

How Payday Loans Work

Amount Borrowed

There is a limit on how much you can borrow in most cases. The amount can range from $300 to $1,000, with $500 being the most common amount.

High Interest

Payday lenders charge all borrowers the same interest rate. It can be as high as 780% in annual percentage rate (APR), with an average loan running nearly 400%.

Short-Term Repayment

Payday loans must be paid back once you get your next paycheck. The loan term can go from two weeks to a month.

No Installments

A regular personal loan allows you to pay back the money in installments. With payday loans, however, you have to pay back the interest and principal all at once. This amount is usually much more than what your budget can handle.

Automatic Repayment

When taking out a payday loan, you sign a check or document that permits the lender to take money out of your bank account. If you fail to repay the loan as scheduled, the lender will either cash the check or withdraw the money from your account.

Alternatives to Payday Loans

If you need to borrow money, consider the following alternatives instead of getting payday loans:

Create a Budget

Evaluate all your expenses, including rent, utilities, and food, and create a budget. Know how much money is coming in and how you can afford to spend on your expenses. Then, find ways to cut down on unnecessary expenses to be more in line with your income. Learn more about four great budgeting apps by visiting our website!

Get Credit Counseling

If you need help dealing with your debts, you may get credit counseling. There are non-profit agencies that offer credit advice at low to no cost. They can also help you set up a debt management plan (DMP). Contact us today and let’s chat about your credit and how we can help!

Your Best Option

Getting a personal unsecured installment loan from the credit union is a much better option than a payday loan. With lower interest rates and fees, they are most especially beneficial for borrowers on a tight budget. With on-time payments, it will even help build your credit and help you qualify for lower rates in the future!

Credit Cards

Put the purchasing power of a Visa® Black credit card in your hands and cash in your pockets with our new Cash Back Rewards card. You’ll earn 0.50%* cash back on all your purchases.

Enjoy competitive low rates, generous credit lines and:

  • No annual fee
  • No transaction fees on cash advances
  • No balance transfer fee
  • No over- the-limit fees
  • 25- day grace period on purchases
  • Convenience of worldwide acceptance
  • Security with Visa®’s multiple levels of protection
  • Emergency cash disbursement and in-house card replacement

Keep an eye out for text alerts.

We’re providing an extra layer of security to our Columbine cardholders. When suspicious activity is detected on your account, you’ll receive a text message alerting you to the transaction giving you the option to approve or deny.

This is a free service provided to members free of charge to help protect your money. 

*0.50% in cash back will be accrued monthly and disbursed annually on November 1. Maximum earnings of $500 annually.