A staff report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York concluded that payday loans should not be categorized as "predatory" since they may improve household welfare. "Defining and Detecting Predatory Lending" reports "if payday lenders raise household welfare by relaxing credit constraints, anti-predatory legislation may lower it." The author of the report, Donald P. Morgan, defined predatory lending as "a welfare reducing provision of credit." However, he also noted that the loans are very expensive, and that they are likely to be made to under-educated households or households of uncertain income.
It's worth checking to see if you can get a salary advance loan through a bank or credit union. Even though it's best to avoid using a credit card, it is still better than using a payday loan. A credit card gives you more time to pay back the money, with additional flexibility on how you choose to break the payment up. If you can pay the card off in just a few months, you can keep yourself safe from the expensive payday loan cycle.
Damon Duncan (@Damon_Duncan) (@DuncanLaw) is an attorney on the North Carolina Bar Association and Foundation’s Board of Governors, a member of the Elon University School of Law’s Alumni Council, the Secretary of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section and adjunct professor at Elon University School of Law and Guilford Technical Community College.