There are lots of things you may be wondering about online loans. You might wonder, for example, whether there are any restrictions on what you can use them for.

Specific restrictions

There are no specific restrictions on what you can use the loans for. With some types of loans you can only use them to buy certain things. An example of this might be if you want to buy a home you would use a mortgage but you would not be able to get a mortgage to buy anything else. There are some loans which are strict with regards to this. With an online loan, the lenders will not investigate what the loan is being used for. This means that you will be able to use it to buy whatever you wish. However, there will be some restrictions because of how much money you can borrow and what you can afford to repay.

Borrowing limits

An online lender does not have limitless amounts of money to lend. This is because they lend to anyone, including people with a poor credit record. As they are lending to people who are less likely to be able to repay the loan, it means that they will not lend them so much money. Then if the loan is not repaid, they will lose less money. It is a way that they can reduce the risk of lending to anyone.

They tend to lend between £100 and £1000. This means that you will be restricted to buying something that costs between these amounts. Therefore, you will not be able to use the loan to buy a house but there are still lots of things that you could afford to buy with that much money. For example, you will be able to afford to pay bills, buy food, or replace a broken fridge. So, it will depend on how much money you need as to whether this will be enough for you.

You may also be restricted further though. Often a lender will only lend smaller amounts of money to first time borrowers. They will want to see whether the borrower is capable of repaying the loan to start with and then they will be happy to lend a bit more. So perhaps they may only lend a few hundred to start with and then they will lend more the next time someone applies if they have repaid on time the first time. This will vary between lenders though and so it could be a good idea to compare lenders to see whether there is one that will lend the amount you want, if it is a large amount.


It is also really important to make sure that you can afford to repay the loan. Often with an online loan you will be expected to repay the loan in one lump sum. This can be great as it clears the loan really quickly and you no longer need to think about it. However, you also need to make sure that you will be able to afford this. You need to think about how much it will cost and whether you will be able to afford it.

To find out the loan cost you should either use the calculator on the lenders website or ask the lender how much it will be. Remember that you will need to repay what you borrowed and the costs and interest. Once you have got this figure you will then be able to look at how much you have available to spend. Think about how much you get paid and whether this will be enough. You also need to consider what else you have to pay out on that day and after the loan is repaid to check whether you will have enough money for all of this. You need to calculate carefully to make sure that you will be able to cope with repaying. If you cannot cope with repaying that amount then you may need to borrow less money and therefore be restricted in what you can buy. Finance magazines such as Focus Mag have articles that delve into the subject a bit deeper.

So, although there are no specific restrictions on spending money, you do need to think about whether you will be able to borrow enough money to buy what you need. You cannot take out several online loans at once and so you will need to compare lenders to find one that will lend you enough money. It is a good idea to think about how much you need first and then find out how much they will be prepared to lend you. If you do find one which will lend you enough money, it is also a good idea to make sure that you will be able to manage the repayments on the loan as well. It is risky to take on a loan that will be difficult to repay so make sure that you are confident that you can do so before you borrow the money.