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When are payday loans worth it?
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Payday loan borrowers pay more in fees than original loan
By Melanie Hicken March 25, 2014: 12:46 AM ET
Desperate consumers often turn to payday loans as a financial quick fix, but many get stuck in a "revolving door of debt" in which they end up paying more in fees than their original loan was worth.

More than 60% of payday loans are made to borrowers who take out at least seven loans in a row -- the typical point at which the fees they pay exceed the original loan amount, according to a study of more than 12 million loans made over 12-month periods during 2011 and 2012 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Also known as cash advances or check loans, payday loans are typically for $500 or less and carry fees of between $10 to $20 for each $100 borrowed, according to a separate CFPB report last year.
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A payday loan is a short-term, high-interest loan, generally for $500 or less, that’s designed to bridge the gap between paychecks. The quick cash infusion is nice, but when you apply for a payday loan, you may wind up getting more than you bargained for.

As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau notes on its site, these loans are typically for small amounts but give lenders access to your checking account or require you to write a check for the full balance in advance, which the lender can deposit when the loan comes due. Worse still, payday loans carry sensationally high interest rates, with some costing as much as 400%. That’s serious money for a cash-strapped consumer, and though state laws and other factors influence charges, you’ll want to enter a payday loan agreement carefully.
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