Most payday loans have just one required repayment but there are now some payday loans where you are able to repay in several instalments. There are also alternative loans that you can repay in instalments. It is good to think about whether paying everything off in a lump sum will be better for you than paying in instalments or whether it would be better for you to pay in instalment. It is worth considering whether it will make a significant difference or not.
Advantages of one repayment
It can be really great to know that you only have one repayment to make on money that you have borrowed. This is a common repayment method on short term loans or those catering for people with bad credit. You will be able to get the loan repaid really quickly as you have to do it all in one go. If you are the type of person that worries about having debt hanging around then this could really suit you as the debt will soon be gone. It could be repaid within a month and then you will no longer have the concern that the debt brings and you will be able to forget all about it.
You might also find it difficult to manage your money for long so if you just have to do it until you make the one repayment then it could be easier for you. You will need to restrict your spending for a while as you will need to be sure that you have enough to make the repayment and then cover all of your other expenses for that particular month or until you next have some money come in. However, it can be easier for some people to do this for just a short amount of time compared with having to it over a longer time period even if it is to a lesser extent.
Advantages of instalments
If you pay in instalments it means that you do not have to find all of the money at once. It can be tricky, even if you only repaying a small amount, if you have to repay it all in one go. It can mean that you struggle financially for the rest of the month and find it really hard to manage. You may even find that you need to borrow more money to manage to get you through.
However, if you are paying back smaller amounts then you will not have to worry so much about managing those repayments. You will be able to more easily manage as you will not be paying out such a large amount in one go. Obviously, you will still need to make sure that you have got enough to cover those repayments and that you do not spend too much on other things. However, if you tend to have a bot extra each month or have some areas where you can reduce your spending for a little while, then you should be able to manage it.
Making the choice
In order to make choice you need to be aware of your own personal situation. You need to think about whether you will be able to afford the singular repayment or whether having smaller payments will be more helpful. Look at past bank statements and think about whether you would have been able to manage a large repayment. Calculate how much you would need and think about how you would find that money. If you feel that you would not be able to manage it, then it would make sense to go for instalments.
You may still be in a bit of a quandary as instalments tend to be more expensive than one lump sum payment. This is because you will be borrowing the money for longer. However, if you do not manage to make the repayment, then you will get extra fees added on to your loan and you will end up paying more anyway. If you repay the loan but then need to borrow again before you next get paid, then again you will end up paying more money. Therefore, it can work out cheaper to pay by instalments compared with the costs that may come about by not managing to repay the lump sum or having to borrow as a result of repaying it.
It is therefore a decision that you will have to make with your current finances in mind. Consider how well you normally manage your money and actually look at the figures to see whether you would be able to cope with paying a lump sum. It might be that you will be able to reduce your spending in other areas so that you can afford it but you will need to identify those areas and commit to reducing spending in those areas so that you can be sure that you will be able to manage.