Emergency Cash Loans and Possible Alternatives

In the current financial climate most of us know how difficult it is cope some months. Usually, we’re coasting along quite happily and making ends meet when WHOOSH! something hits us out of the blue and suddenly our carefully planned budget is worthless. If this has happened to you then it’s a safe assumption that an emergency cash loan has crossed your mind.

Most people think of an emergency cash loan as a payday or instant decision loan. A quick injection of cash to get them through this unforeseen circumstance and they can worry about paying it back later. Right? If this is true for you then STOP! I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that this is a dangerous path to follow and may very well put you in a far worse financial position further down the line.

Try and think of all other alternatives before proceeding. The most obvious way to relieve the current problem is to discuss the issue with friends or family. If you are lucky enough to have people around you that are in a better financial position than you, are generous and care and trust you enough to lend you the money then please, take the offer. You may have to swallow your pride but this is by far the best solution (other than winning the lottery of course). Friends and family won’t charge you interest or give you a strict time limit to pay it back but please don’t take advantage of them. Kind gestures are hard to find in this day and age so give them the respect they deserve and pay them back as soon as you are able. They also won’t confiscate any of your belongings to sell at auction and reclaim some of the money you owe like a loan company would if you fail to make repayments on your emergency cash loan.

Another alternative, although much harder to face than picking up the phone and applying for an instant loan, is to sell some of your personal belongings. For example, the price of gold is at an all time high and the majority of jewellers would give you a very good price for any redundant gold items you no longer use. You may be emotionally attached to the item but in the current situation you need to face reality and realise that any assets you have should be used before getting yourself into severe debt because of a missed payment on an emergency cash loan. You have to try and think long term here. See the bigger picture.

If neither of these options are viable then by all means look into the possibility of obtaining an emergency loan but before you do heed this warning. If you miss a payment the interest you will have to start paying will be phenomenal. I mean, totally insane. What seems such an easy way out now could very easily become the worst thing you have ever done if you do not take the repayments very, very seriously. Look around, read all the small print and know exactly what you are getting into. Make sure you look at the APR you will be hit with if you fail to make the repayment. It will scare you. If you still want to go ahead with it, make the repayment with plenty of time to spare. Leave nothing to chance. Don’t put it off until tomorrow, pay it back as soon as possible. Remember, the loan company don’t want you to make the repayment. They want to sting you with enormous interest rates. That’s how they make money from emergency cash loans. Don’t let them sink their teeth into you.