Having a bank account opens you up to a world of opportunities. In fact, it lets you do so many things with your money that most checking account and savings account holders take them for granted.
After all, with a bank account you can access your cash from just about anywhere via the nation's interlinked network of ATM machines. Having an account of your own also allows you to make credit and debit card purchases, whereby the money is debited right out of your account. And there are other benefits, as well, such as the availability of online banking, special bank-sponsored auto & mortgage loans, having a place to cash checks written to you, and the ability to earn interest on your money.
If you are short on cash, then having a bank account also enables you to take out a personal loan. Why? Because the majority of personal loans are of the unsecured type. This means that the lender does not require that you put up collateral. To partially compensate for this risky type of loan, the lender will require that the borrower have a bank account.
So, how do you get a money loan with no bank account? Here are 5 personal loan tips for people without bank accounts:
1. Consider borrowing from a pawn shop:
If you have something of value on hand, you can always try a pawn shop. They will appraise the item and allow you to take out a loan against it - with interest, of course.
2. Borrow money from friends or family:
If you do not have something of value to put up as collateral at a pawn shop, consider borrowing money from friends or family. Just be careful: if you are not able to repay the loan, you may be opening yourself up to some serious relationship problems down the road.
3. Borrow against a credit card:
Some people who do not have a checking account still manage to have a credit card. If you do, you can always borrow against it. Just remember: the interest rates will be sky-high, especially if you do not have a strong credit score.
4. Borrow against your car's title:
Auto title loans are another form of high-interest loan. Essentially, you sign your title (car ownership rights) over to the lender. These are usually short-term loans, and when you repay the loan you get your title back in your name.
5. Apply for a checking account with a second chance checking bank:
If you want to avoid a high-interest loan but do not want to borrow money from someone you know, you should consider applying for a checking account at a second chance checking bank. These banks specialize in working with customers who have not been able to get accepted for a checking account at other banks. Second chance checking banks are in most ways just like other banks, and they offer the full range of services. The only major difference is that they are much more likely to grant you a checking account.