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For the millions of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, running out of money is a constant, looming concern. Approximately 12 million people take out short-term, unsecured loans — sometimes called „payday“ loans — every year, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. And though these loans may help them survive until they receive their next paycheck, they also exact a steep toll. Still, with millions of Americans out of work or facing reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many will continue to depend on this dangerous financial tool.