While a cash advance lender may only charge $15 for every $100 you borrow, that’s only for two weeks. If you don’t pay back the loan as well as interest and fees, you roll over the loan and then you’re responsible for paying the interest again. An interest rate of 15 percent for a two-week loan becomes an interest rate of 30 percent when you roll it over for a month. And if you extend the loan for a year and do the math, you end up with an annual percentage rate of almost 400 percent!
When you find yourself in need of an emergency loan you may not realize how many choices are available to you. If your own emergency fund won’t cut it, you may want to consider asking for a loan from family or friends. Don’t have anyone you can ask for some emergency cash? What about a bank loan or credit union? If you have decent credit you should be able to get a personal loan with a relatively low interest rate.