Holiday Loans

Holiday loans are loans that will meet all your holiday expenses. There are times when we need a break but we’re not able to do so due to financial crunch. We can

turn to these loans that will help us take care of our holiday expenses. There are many lenders who extend cash advances to individuals seeking financial aid. You can take out a loan on Christmas, Hanukah, Thanksgiving, and Halloween or any other festive occasion.

You can also approach a lender who will match your needs and help you to get a loan as per your requirement. These loans are small cash advances. The minimum amount you can take out usually differs from one state to another.

Factors that affect loans

The loans you take out for a holiday are basically unsecured loans. In other words, these loans do not need collateral. All you need is a fairly good credit history. However, if your credit history is not satisfactory, you can still get a loan but at a higher APR or Annual Percentage Rate.

It is very important for you to keep track of the APR and ask your lender to explain the calculation. For instance, if you are taking out a loan of an amount USD$100, the Annual Percentage Rate is approximately 506.94%. This figure will differ from one lender to another.

These are usually short-term loans. These are required to be paid back as soon as you get your next paycheck. A failure to do so will multiply the rate of interest drastically.

How to apply for holiday loans

There are many lenders who will extend these loans without any credit check. However, you may come across few lenders who will ask you to provide the

following –
  • Current pay stubs
  • Bank statements
  • Income proof
  • Photo identification
You can walk into the office of a lender or apply for a loan online. There is an advantage of applying for a loan online. You can compare the rates of interest and also the APR. Take out loan from a lender who is offering lower APR. However, the online lender has to have good credibility. It is risky to give away your bank account details. It may lead to identity theft. By all means you have to dodge the predatory online lenders.

How to find a lender

There are various ways in which you can settle for the right lender. Few of them are –

  • Compare rates of interest online
  • Check credibility of lenders online
  • Ask your friends and relatives who have availed a loan before
  • Compare Annual Percentage Rate
  • Read the fine print. This includes the terms and conditions of the loans
  • Evaluate your monthly income and expenses
  • Work out a repayment plan
  • Finally take the plunge

Repayment of holiday loans

You can pay back these loans either by electronic fund transfer or check. At the time of loan approval, your lender will ask you the mode of repayment. Opt for the one that you will be able to comfortably pay back in. For instance, if you instruct your bank to electronically transfer the loan amount along with interest, the day your loan term ends, your cash will be transferred.

Alternatively, you can also pay back in check. Make sure you get a copy of the receipt of the loan amount by the bank. Oftentimes, it is seen that lenders tend to ask for the payment again even after the loan account has been closed. You will find several such rip-off reports. As such, it is better to tread cautiously.

Last updated on 10/10/2010