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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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