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What Can I Do to Survive a Furlough?
If you’ve been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or the economic downturn, you may have had your hours cut, been furloughed or lost your job due to restrictions put in place in response to the virus. Not everyone has emergency savings to fall back on, and unemployment benefits may not be enough. Borrowing money can be difficult if you don’t have regular work, but there’s one option that can loan you the emergency money you need – even if you’re claiming unemployment.
Title loans may be a great way of getting the emergency cash you need after a furlough. But before you decide what you are going to do to help make ends meet, you should be aware of some things you shouldn’t do.
What Should I Avoid Doing When Laid Off?
- Use credit cards to supplement your income – Because you are already making less, they will be harder to pay off.
How Can I Borrow Money If I’m Not Working?
The number of Americans claiming unemployment has skyrocketed to record levels, leaving millions wondering how to pay for food, rent and utilities. If you’ve been using your credit cards to pay for these essentials, your credit score has probably taken a hit, especially if you’ve only been making the minimum payments while your balances have been going up.
In this situation, a traditional lender may be unwilling to help. The reality is that some lenders may be unwilling to lend to someone who’s out of work. Many lenders will also require a great credit score to even be considered, and they can be notoriously slow in deciding and getting you the money, you urgently need. You might need the money within days, but some lenders can take weeks.
Friends and family members might be able to lend you small amounts, but the chances are they may also need the money themselves. If they have the money to spare, this could be a good option as the loan could have little or no interest. A friend or family member is also more likely to be flexible with your payments.
How Can I Make Extra Money When Laid Off?
There a number of things you can do during a furlough to make extra money. Depending on the specific conditions of your furlough, you’ll have to pick the option or options that work best for you:
- Plan ahead by making a furlough fund – Make a savings account that you can use specifically in the case of unpaid leave or a furlough.
- Borrow from friends and family – Depending on the circumstances, they may be able to give you a loan at little or no interest. Be sure you have a strategy for paying them back though, otherwise it could damage your relationship.
- Get a part-time job – If you get a part-time job that runs ten hours a week and pays $10 an hour, that’s about $7 after tax, which is almost $300 a month. It may not make up for all the income you’re losing, but it will at least help a little.
- Cancel any streaming services or other memberships you have – Depending on how many you have, you might save $25 or $50 a month, which often covers other essential bills, like utilities.
- Cut back on eating out – Do you get coffee out or buy food from restaurants for lunch? You can save quite a bit of money by making your coffee at home and packing a lunch, even more if you take leftovers.
- Sell things you don’t use anymore – If you are like most people, you have things around your house that you just don’t need anymore. Consider selling them on Ebay or Craigslist. After all, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. You never know what people are willing to pay for.
- Start a side business – You can use your extra time off to start doing something like monetizing your passion. If you like to write, become a freelance writer. If it goes well, maybe you’ll be able to transition to doing it full-time and quit your other job.
- Call your creditors – You may be able to get some to defer payments until your furlough is over.
- Call your credit card and internet company – If you ask, they may be willing to reduce your interest rate or monthly payment, freeing up money for other expenses.
- See if you are eligible for unemployment – Depending on the state, you may be eligible for unemployment due to a significant furlough.
- Sell blood plasma – It may seem like a strange way to make money, but you can earn up to $40 per donation. There are a few restrictions you should be aware of, as well as some other details you need to know about. You can find out what you need to know here.
- Become a tester – By joining websites such as UserTesting you can get paid to test things like apps or fillable forms. All you need to do is fill them out on your computer. Note that to participate with some services, you’ll need a webcam.
- Drive for a rideshare company – If you have a car, Lyft and Uber are always looking for new drivers. You might be able to get a signing bonus. Or, if you have a friend who already drives for one company, they might be willing to split any referral bonus they receive for recruiting a new driver.
- Become a dogwalker – Either freelance or through one of the many dog walking companies that have sprung up. It’s a great way to make money on the side, especially if you are available at times of the day when people are unable to take their dogs out.
- Sell unwanted gift cards – If you got a gift card from work or a well-meaning relative, you can turn it into cash with websites like Raise. They are a gift card marketplace where you can set your own prices.
- Get rid of your landline and cable – Do you really need either of these? If you are like most people, you are watching more and more of your TV online and using your landline less and less.
Can I Get a Payday Loan If I’m Out of Work?
If you can prove some form of regular income, you may qualify for a payday loan. Most payday lenders are willing to lend to those claiming unemployment, but there may be a few drawbacks. For starters, you may only be able to borrow a small amount of money, perhaps just a few hundred dollars.
You’ll also need to repay the money within a relatively short period of time. Since these loans are designed to be repaid when you get paid, you’ll probably need to pay it back within a month or less. Lastly, the fees and interest can be high. Many states allow a 15% monthly fee, while some states allow lenders to charge even more. For example, if you borrow $500 and agree to pay it back within a month, you’ll need to pay $75 in interest, making your total $575.
This might be affordable as a one-time expense, but if you’re unable to pay and your lender extends the loan by another month, you’ll have to pay another 15%.
So what are the alternatives?
Can I Pawn My Car If I’m Out of Work?
Pawn loans are an option for almost anyone who needs money quickly, but it really depends on what you’re trying to pawn. Many of us don’t have valuable heirlooms, collectable items or expensive jewelry they can use for quick cash, and most of us don’t like the idea of using items with personal and sentimental value as collateral for a loan.
That being said, it could still be an option if you have a car and need cash quickly. A pawn loan works in a similar fashion to a payday loan; you borrow the money and agree to repay it within a month or so. While you can get a lot more money by pawning your car – perhaps thousands of dollars, rather than hundreds – they can be an expensive solution, especially if you’re unable to repay on time.
Interest rates and fees will vary by state, with some states allowing a monthly interest rate of 25%. That means the annual percentage rate (APR) could be as high as 300%, and the lender could apply additional fees on top of that.
Of course, there’s another potential downside to a pawn loan: you may need to surrender your vehicle for the duration of the loan. While not all lenders require this, it could be a major inconvenience to find alternate transportation while you repay the money.
Is an Auto Title Loan a Good Choice If I’m Out of Work?
An auto title loan works a little like an auto pawn loan, but it allows for greater flexibility and typically costs a lot less. It’s a quick and easy process that can often be completed in under 24 hours1,3.
The lender will evaluate your vehicle and then, if it holds enough equity, you’ll be offered a potential loan amount. Once funded, the lender applies a lien to your vehicle’s title, which is removed once the loan has been repaid.
Incidentally, having a lender’s lien on your vehicle does mean the lender owns your vehicle. In other words, if you’re unable to make payments, the lender has the legal right to repossess your vehicle to recover what you owe. You also won’t be able to sell your vehicle (or transfer ownership) until the loan has been repaid, and if your car is involved in an accident, your insurance company is legally required to pay the lender first.
There are two main differences between an auto pawn loan and a title loan:
- You have years to repay a title loan, not months; and
- You’re not required to surrender your car to the lender until you repay the loan.
Whether you choose an auto pawn loan or a regular title loan, it’s also worth bearing in mind that the amount offered is not the true value of your car. A lender will base the value of your vehicle on its Black Book value, which differs from the Kelley Blue Book estimate. The Black Book allows a lender (or dealership) to see how much the car is worth at auction, which is important if you’re going to lend someone money using the car as collateral.
If the lender repossesses your vehicle, they’ll probably sell it at auction to pay back the loan and any costs.
Auto title loans can be an easy and attractive option for anyone needing cash urgently, especially if your credit is challenged. Lenders are often primarily concerned with your ability to repay the loan and the value of your vehicle and are far more likely to accept alternative forms of income. That being the case, even if you’re relying on social security benefits, you could still borrow the money you need.
Auto title loans require little documentation:
- Proof of income – pay stubs, bank statements and government award letters are all accepted
- Proof of residence – mail with your name and physical address
- References – can be either personal or professional
- Vehicle title – you must be named as the owner of the vehicle
- Photo ID – any government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport
To make life even easier, the documents can be submitted online, via email, or even via an SMS text message. The whole process can also be completed in 24 hours3 or less, and with the funds deposited directly into your bank account, there’s no need to even leave the comfort of your home.
Get a Loan without Pay Stub
Need an auto title loan but don’t have the pay stub? You may be wondering if this is possible. Well, the answer is, YES! YOU CAN GET A TITLE LOAN WITHOUT A PAY STUB1.
There are other forms of personal revenue that you can present in place of a pay stub. Some of those different options are but are not limited to:
- Social Security
- Checking account if you are self employed
Those are just some of the big ones. Talk to your experienced title loan agent to discuss the alternative forms of income you can present besides a pay stub.
What Do You Need to Get a Title Loan?
Getting title loans is simple and quick. Your informative title loan agent will tell you everything about the process of receiving your auto title loan money.
First, you will need some of your own personal information. When you first inquire about a title loan we will give you a small information request to fill out. We will ask for some information such as:
- First and last name
- Email address
- State of residence
- Year, make, model, style, and mileage of your car
- Date of birth
- Your social security number or your individual taxpayer identification number
This initial information request should only take you about 5 minutes to complete, and you will know promptly if you are approved for your title loan.
Head on over to the homepage and begin filling out your information request. You could be in touch with a title loan agent in a matter of minutes and you can receive your funding as soon as the next business day3!