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Have you checked out the alternatives to a payday loan?

Find out about cheaper, lower risk alternatives and how to tackle money problems.

What people tell us about regretting payday loans

“I have, yes. I have been talked into it by other parties and lived to regret it, and I’m still regretting it to this day…”

As with any loan buying clothes or things for the home can lead to money problems if you can't repay the loan on time — and there are other options

Here’s what you can do instead:

  1. Try to hang on until your next payday to buy the item. Taking out a high interest loan means you’ll end up paying a lot more for it. And if you can’t pay the loan back on time you’ll pay extra interest and late payment charges.

  2. Consider buying it second-hand or getting it free from a recycling website like freecycle (external link).

  3. Try contacting your local council (external link) if it’s an emergency and you are on income-based benefits. For example if your boiler's packed up in winter, you can’t afford food, or you’ve come out of care, hospital or prison and need help to stay in your own home. You may be given furniture, clothing, white goods, food grants or money. People on the lowest incomes usually have priority.

  4. Don’t assume you can’t borrow elsewhere. Even if you’ve got a poor credit rating, there are alternatives to payday loans. Consider using a credit card or authorised overdraft - but only if you’re sure you’ll be able to repay it in full at the end of the month and won’t go over your credit limit. To find out more, read our guide: Alternatives to payday loans

  5. Use our Budget planner to find out exactly where your money’s going each month.