Money is always an issue. It doesn’t matter if you are poor, middle-income earner, or rich; money will be an issue all your life. Whether you need money to pay your bills because your electricity is about to be cut off or the loan sharks are coming after you or you have medical bills to settle, the root of every single problem on earth is money. Unfortunately, unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, money is going to be tight to find.
So how do people find the money for emergency situations? If you need $1,000 right now, is there any way to get it legally? Since robbing a bank is not an option, you have to find ways to earn that money without breaking any laws.
First, why do you need that much money right now in the first place? The only thing that comes to mind is that you got embroiled in an activity that landed you in prison. Of course, if you are staying illegally in the country, you will also find yourself needing money for an immigration bond. Talk to a bail bonds company about getting the money you need to get out of detention. You need someone with legal status to vouch for you, but these companies usually release the funds once the requirements are fulfilled.
If you have a credit card that allows cash advances, then you can use that as an ATM and take out cash against your card’s limit. This is the easiest way to get the money you need right now. The problem, however, is the amount of interest rate you have to pay once you’ve taken that money. Banks usually have higher-than-usual rates for credit card cash advances. In some cases, you might need to pay double the amount you borrowed to clear your debt. But while this is a huge downside to a cash advance, remember that it’s the easiest way to access cash.
Without credit cards, you can turn to payday loans instead. Annual interest rates on payday loans average more than 300%. It’s a legitimate way to get money quickly, but you will also end up paying so much more in interest. Make sure that you are committed to paying that high interest rate before going for a payday loan. Also, do only this when you’re in a last-resort scenario.
Most payday loans need to be paid quickly. Otherwise, the interest rate will compound. Make sure to pay it back under specified terms. Ask yourself this question: Am I better off in two weeks? Can I pay off this loan and the interest? You are going to run into big trouble if you cannot pay that loan in time.
Another easy way to get money is to pawn something. Jewelry and gadgets are pawnable items. The amount of money you can get depends on the value of the item. Jewelry with large stones, for example, has a higher value. Naturally, you will get more in exchange for pawning them. Gadgets such as laptops and smartphones are also being pawned now, so you can look into downgrading these devices.
Do you have a luxury item that you can sell immediately? A rare pair of Jordan sneakers can sell for hundreds of bucks. Sometimes, it can sell for a couple of thousands of dollars. Depending on how in-demand the product is, you can easily get money by selling items you have lying around the house. The internet is a treasure trove of information, so find someone who’s looking for what you have in your closet.
When all is said and done and you still haven’t found a way to borrow money through cash advances or payday loans, then look for someone in your immediate circle who can lend you the money you need. Personal loans are, of course, tricky. That’s why it’s way down this list. There’s that relationship you need to consider. Money is a root problem of everything, including relationship problems. Be crystal clear about why you need the money, when you intend to pay it back, how much interest you can afford, and what happens if you cannot pay it on time.
You can use a combination of these methods to get a cool thousand bucks in a day. But remember that a super-fast loan is not the most practical way to get money unless you absolutely need it. Only do these things when you’re in a situation that you can’t easily get out of.