What are the costs of payday loans? Let’s look at how much money you pay!

The analysis of fees related to payday loans and their explicit astronomical APRC would indicate that Copo was the patron of the costs of payday loans! In the case of the most expensive one, the APRC reaches a ceiling of 1983.11%. I do not know about you, but for me the costs of payday loans are simply frightening.

Not only Nicole Copo has to visualize the astronomical level of costs. The denomination of the thousand-euro banknote from 1982, visible on the above graphic, also directly refers to the amount of RRSO payday loans? How do you like the costs of payday loans?

Me at all! I am definitely for limiting them and I think that this should be done by law. In current shape, as a financial product, payday loans are unacceptable to me. However, this is a topic for a separate article, which I will try to write as soon as possible.

The first loan free

For sure you noticed that in the table I signaled which of the companies offers first free loans for new customers. I did it on purpose, because in this case, the new customer who lends the first time is not charged with commission and interest costs. He borrows a fixed amount and returns the exact amount he borrowed after a set time. In this case, the APRC is 0%. However, it must not be so in every case. The condition for not incurring costs is the timely repayment of the loan. Free loans for new customers are designed in such a way as to encourage them to take advantage of the offer. It’s a kind of lure.

An encouraging promotion for the unwary

Why? Because lenders offer substantial amounts under the first free loan. A lot of people ask themselves this question: “if I can borrow € 3,000 for free, why should not I do it?” Higher amounts create the opportunity to borrow much more money than it really needs. This is a trap. You have to borrow only as much as you need, and preferably as little as possible. You have to adjust the amount of the loan yourself to your possibilities. Because who, if not you know them best? If you do not do it, you may find that you will not have the means to repay the obligation within the prescribed time (usually no more than 30 days). Then it will stop being free. You will have to extend the loan or refinance it. In both cases, you will be charged for costs such as a non-promotional loan, which is usually equal to the one shown in the table above.

Repayment time and payday costs

Charges for giving a payday are:

I indicated in the table the repayment time of each payday, because I wanted to draw your attention to two issues related to it. I mentioned the first one above. The short repayment time is a threat and simply forces the loan amount to be adjusted to individual possibilities. The second issue is that it indirectly translates into the costs of payday loans, which can occur even with a free loan if it is not repayable on time.

What is the relationship between Database and other debtors’ registers with the costs of payday loans? What’s the worst of it!

Although it does not have any impact on the costs of payday loans, however, according to me, it is related to them. Non-bank loan companies grant loans by checking different debtors’ registers. Of course, not every one of them checks the Database database. We can say that they are different registers for each of them. 

However, this is not the case in this article, which company and where it checks applicants. If you read the article to which you link above, you will notice that a lot of loan companies check all debtors’ registers. It would not be surprising if the payday costs were similar to banking. I understand that if any of the companies did not check any register of debtors, or one, then they could apply such high costs. One could explain them at the very risk that the borrower would default on the loan. However, checking all or almost all bases at such a high APY is inexplicable to me!

The first part constituting the explanation of the content of the reimbursement costs table is behind us. We can therefore proceed to the next part, in which we will look at the costs of payday pay more precisely. Where do the differences between the two tables in the APRC come from?

As already mentioned above, the APRC provided in individual cases corresponds to a representative example prepared on a given day specified / indicated in my review of a given minute. APY is the most reliable indicator of the actual costs of payday loans. It is calculated on an annual basis, and the payday must be paid very quickly, because usually within 30 to a maximum of 60 days. Hence the dependence that the shorter the repayment time, the higher the APRC will be.

A representative example:

  • total loan amount: € 6,000,
  • duration of the contract 65 days,
  • interest rate: 10%,
  • preparation fee: 0%,
  • commission: € 1794,65,
  • interest: € 106.60,
  • the total amount to be paid: €7901,25,
  • APY: 369%.

In the above example, it can be seen that the repayment period of up to 60 days (despite a significant loan amount) significantly reduces the APRC.

At this point, you would probably like to ask how to analyze or compare individual offers to choose the cheapest one. Or where to look for reliable information about the costs of a given payday or what kind of tool to use to determine them in a reliable way?
In sequence. I will answer these questions below. Before that, however, we will look at the sources of payday costs.

What affects the cost of a payday?

What affects the cost of a payday?

In the case of payday loans, there are two types of costs. These are:

  • fees for giving a payday,
  • costs associated with late repayment.

Charges for giving a payday are:

  1. Registration fee. It is a small sum, which usually does not exceed € 0.01. It is often referred to as so-called verification transfer. It is carried out from your bank account to the Lender’s account in order to confirm Your personal data. This fee is borne only once, for the first time when applying for a payday. For most Lenders, this fee is refunded to the applicant’s account. The registration fee, due to the small amount, does not have a major impact on the amount of debit card costs.
  2. Commission. Only for new clients who apply for a loan for the first time, it can amount to € 0. Of course, if the lender offers the promotion of ” first loan for free ” for new customers. The commission will definitely be charged in the event of another round taken in a given company. Its amount depends on the amount of the loan and its repayment time. Of course, the individual policy of each loan company affects the amount of commission. However, it can not be set at any level, because its amount is regulated by the anti-usury law.
  3. Interest. They are set by law and may not exceed 10% of the loan amount per annum. The lender may give up interest, as is the case with the first loan free promotion.

The costs of payday loans associated with late repayment are:

  1. Extending the repayment period or refinancing. I will point out at once that these are not penal costs. I would rather call it recklessness. These costs result from the inability to pay off the payment within the period specified in the contract. Some loan companies give their clients the option to postpone the repayment period by 7, 14 or 30 days. In this case, there is no possibility of adding a fee for extending the repayment period to the costs of another payment or reducing it for these costs. The extension fee should be paid forward and only when the Lender has extended it, will extend the repayment date. You pay for the service. The same applies to refinancing. It takes place by taking the so-called a refinancing loan in a company cooperating with the Lender. Most often, it is a daughter company or another subsidiary, which does not grant loans to external clients. The cost of extending the repayment or refinancing is usually equal to the cost of incurring another payday (next after the first free).
  2. Penalty interest for delay. They are statutory interest and are calculated from the first day after the repayment date. Interest for delay, ie the maximum contractual interest for delay is equal to two times the statutory interest rate for the delay being the sum of the reference rate of the National Bank of Poland and 5.5 points
  3. Debt collection costs. The lender has the right to charge the debtor with the costs of debt collection proceedings. However, these costs must be equal to those actually incurred in connection with the recovery of the claim. These may include costs of reminders or repayment requests sent by letter or by a visit of a debt collector.
  4. Enforcement costs. Evading the repayment of an obligation may lead to a case being brought to court. The costs of court proceedings and legal representation, and consequently, later and bailiffs, are charged to the debtor.

The cost calculator will not always work!

The costs of payday debts are enormous, and they are additionally heightened by their late repayment, not to mention the total lack thereof. Therefore, if you have to borrow, it is worth making sure that it is at the lowest possible cost. In order to be able to borrow cheaply, first of all you need to check and compare the costs of individual payday loans. However, to check them, you need to know where to look for them. Although the parabanks make their cost calculators available on their websites, they do not work well in every situation. They are often set up so that they usually calculate the costs of the first free time card, which is the one that does not have these costs. Let’s assume that you already know that you will get the first loan for free, but you want to check how much the second loan will cost you, for example in the amount of € 1,000. Unfortunately, you will not check it anymore. Even if the calculator is equipped with the second loan field (to calculate the next cost), it counts the costs only above the amount of the first free loan. Therefore, if the given company grants the first loan for free up to € 3000, if you want to check the cost of a second loan in the amount of € 1000, you will not be able to do it, because the calculator will keep you back up to € 1000 first free loan and will indicate zero costs. How to deal with this situation?

Is the fee and commission table a reliable source of information?

At the beginning I would like to tell you that it is very difficult to get a table of fees and commissions on the lender’s website. Only few of the loan companies provide such tables. Even if they are so, it is difficult to reach them, because they are located somewhere deep on subsequent subpages of the website. Well, that’s the point. Most companies offer payday loans in a very flexible way. The most common loan amounts are in the range of 100 to say 3000 euro in ranges of 100 euro. In most cases, the repayment period is also very flexible and ranges from 1 day to 30 days in intervals of one day. And now imagine how many combinations you can create in this case, wanting to set up cost tables. It’s difficult, time-consuming, and pointless in all. In turn, lenders who provide a table of fees and commissions usually have very few flexible offers. In such cases, the loan is available at certain amounts, say 500, 1,000, 1 500 and 2000 euro. The repayment period is also inflexible and amounts to, say, 15 or 30 days. In this case, the number of combinations is small and it is very easy to create such a table.

However, I must emphasize that if the table appears on the lender’s website, it is the most reliable source of information, if of course you can reach it.

Where are you most likely to look for accurate information about the cost of a payday?

The information form or framework contract will tell you everything you should know about the costs of payday loans!

Of course, I’m not saying that you do not use the cost calculator provided by the lender. I recommend it to you most. However, if you have any problems with it, you can find very detailed information about the costs of payday loans in the information forms and in the framework agreements provided by the lenders.

The information form is you can say a shortened version of the contract. The link to it is usually placed just next to the cost calculator (as on the selection in the picture below). The information form contains not only information on the total amount of the loan, duration of the contract, interest rate, preparation fee, commission, interest, total payment and APY. You will find in it information about all costs that may occur in connection with the taking of a loan, including the costs related to the late repayment, which I mentioned above. The information form is integrated with the cost calculator. Each time you change the loan amount on the calculator and its repayment time, the parameters (costs, APR etc.) will automatically change in the information form.

The framework contract is in turn a model contract concluded with the Lender. Usually it is available in the documents or forms tab. However, it is usually quite extensive and often written in a language that is not easily understood by people who do not have experience in finance. Therefore, you can read the costs much faster by using the information form for this purpose.

Can you reduce the high costs of payday loans?

Can you reduce the high costs of payday loans?

How much you will pay for a minute, in a sense it depends on you. Myona depends on how much you try to find the cheapest offer that ensures maximum reduced costs. As you saw in the table above, there are no cheap payday loans. Even the cheapest of them are simply expensive, while the most expensive ones are astronomically expensive. A loan company is a bidder and you are a consumer and you make the decision. They offer, and you choose and take. Nobody forces you to do anything and you choose the offer yourself. All you need to do is sacrifice some of Your precious minutes, and you’ll be able to save a few hundred euros that you will not lose to cover high costs.

These few minutes is enough to take advantage of any ranking of payday loans and chose the most advantageous offer or a few that are potentially interesting to you. During this time, you will also be able to accurately analyze their payday costs, which you have chosen, using a cost calculator or an information form. Knowing exactly the costs, you choose the offer, guided not only by your needs, but above all financial possibilities, or repayable capacity.

In this way, you will reduce the costs of obtaining a payday, while adjusting the loan to your possibilities, you will minimize the possibility of additional costs associated with the late payment of the liability.

How to compare payday loans?

If you want to choose the most favorable time, you should compare many offers. You also know that the task will make it easier for you to rank the moments in which you will find the most interesting and popular offers currently available. How to compare them, however? As you probably already know, the APY presents the costs of payday loans in the most complete way. That’s what you should be guided by comparing your payday. However, in order to get the optimal effect, you should compare payday loans for the same amounts and the same repayment periods.


The costs of payday loans are not a boon to the party-sellers who offer them. In ads, you’ll see what the company wants you to see. That is why, among other things, the first loan for free was promoted. You see information about zero costs! No one can accuse the company of acting outside the law and concealing costs. With advertising, however, you will not find out how much you will pay next time for the luxury of quickly borrowing money. This article was written to make you realize how big the payday costs are. So that you can find and evaluate them properly, even if the way the lender presents the costs leaves much to be desired.

If you think that I have missed an important issue or would like to know something else about the costs of payday loans, write to me about it. I will try to answer the question as soon as possible in this article.