Pros and Cons of Cash Advance Apps


Possible Finance is a lender, not a cash advance app. Their loans are paid back over several months, not deducted from your next deposit. Possible reports payments to the credit bureaus and you will pay an APR between 150% and 200%.

What about “earned wage access” apps?

Earned wage access apps allow you to access some of your pay as soon as you’ve earned it. With these, you don’t have to wait until the end of the pay period to collect your money. These include Branch, DailyPay, Even, PayActiv and TapCheck. However, we’ve excluded these additional hints from the list because they’re employer-sponsored programs, so they aren’t open to everyone. You can only use them if your employer offers them as a company benefit.

Before you look for cash advance apps that work with Chime, you should assess the advantages and disadvantages of cash advance apps.

  • You get money fast, so you might be able to save on late fees.
  • You can avoid overdraft fees and high-interest payday loans.
  • Qualifying is easy. There’s no credit check, so it won’t matter if your credit history is poor.
  • There’s no interest charge.
  • Many apps have a monthly membership fee.
  • Some apps charge transfer fees, others request tips.
  • The amount you borrow comes out of your next paycheck, which could leave you short of money again. That can lead to a cycle of borrowing every month.

Before you sign up for any cash advance app, whether or not it works with Chime, think about why you’re doing it. If you want to be covered against a rare shortfall, those monthly fees could be expensive. If you’re running short of money on a regular basis, you may need to review your spending habits and finances or consider credit counseling.

Many cash advance apps also help you with budgeting and saving. Use those functions regularly and keep the advance function as a reserve. Cash advances are useful but some savings and an emergency fund are much better!

Most payday advance apps typically do not charge interest. There may be a monthly fee to use the app or a flat charge per advance. Payday loans charge very high interest rates and are often rolled over to another payday, allowing interest to escalate. Cash advance apps do not roll over: they deduct payment from your account at the start of your next pay cycle.

Most payday advance apps do not do a credit check, so there’s no hard inquiry to hurt your credit. Most also do not report your payments, so your payments won’t help your credit. However, it never hurts to get free credit reports at , and check them for errors so you’re ready in case you ever need to apply for a larger personal loan.

Requirements vary, but you will need to be a U.S. citizen or resident over 18 years of age. You will need a checking account. Many apps require that you receive your salary through direct deposit to your checking account, so they can deduct payment immediately.

Each app has its own fees. Many apps charge a monthly fee but do not charge a fee to make a cash advance. Others may charge a per-advance fee or an extra fee for an “instant” cash advance. Many apps solicit a tip every time you make a cash advance.

You can receive Albert’s cash advances in your Chime account. Go to the “Budget” tab, tap +, select Chime, and add your account.

To find out if you can be included in the test, search for Chime with the “Add Bank” function on Earnin. Try to add the account and you’ll get a message letting you know if the option is available.