What is a payday Advance ?
While a payday advance is often referred to by many names including credit loan, check advance and many others, it is basically a small, short-term cash loan designed to meet the borrowers short-term cash needs. So why the term payday advance ? The popular term is derived from three key elements of the loan.
First, the length or term of the loan. A typical payday advance has a loan term of between one week and a month depending upon the service provider you choose. The individual lenders loan terms are usually clearly displayed in their online application form and present a range of payment options designed to suit individual needs. This is a good feature that allows the borrower to customize the repayment plan to sync with their pay cycle, whether that be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. One important point to remember when choosing your repayment plan is that the majority of payday advance lenders calculate the cost of the loan on a flat weekly fee, therefore the longer you extend the term of the loan the higher the total cost of the loan repayment.
Secondly, as the name payday advance suggests, the loan amount is usually small, ranging between a minimum of $100 and a maximum of about $1500. The idea being that you should be able to repay the loan over a short period of time, say two or three pays. The actual amount a payday cash lender will allow you to borrow is solely dependent upon your income. A good measure of how much you can borrow is to work on the assumption that your cash lender will let you borrow up to 30% of your take home pay.
The third key element of a payday loan is generally the requirement that you are employed, usually with the added requirement that your are paid directly to your bank account by your employer. Your loan repayments are usually paid by direct funds transfer to your loan provider on the day you nominate, usually payday, hence the coining of the term payday advance. Unfortunately payday cash advances or payday cash loans are not available to everyone. While some lenders will loan to part time and casual workers, the unemployed and recipients of welfare payments the majority require you to be actively employed on a full time basis with a weekly take home pay of at least $250 in the US and $400 in Australia.
If your caught short of cash, for whatever reason, whether that be a family emergency, vehicle repairs or you simply need some extra cash for a big night out with friends, payday advance loans are a useful short term finance option. There are a number of reputable lenders in the cash loans marketplace, making it a highly competitive industry, so it is always wise to shop around, My advice, always check the loan terms and fees carefully, only borrow what you know you can afford to pay back and most importantly, where possible always keep the term of the loan to one week. Used wisely cash advance loans can save you money when compared to other forms of credit.