Traditionally, the envelope method involves making categories for all your expenses, writing those categories on a bunch of envelopes, then putting a set amount of cash inside each envelope each paycheck. You only spend from those envelopes. When you take money out for expenses, you can see exactly how much is left.
Some people use overdraft services in lieu of payday loans. The superiority of one product over another boils down to how much you borrow or overdraft. While payday loans often charge an effective APY of 400%, overdraft fees can reach $35 per charge, sometimes making the effective APY as high as 17,000% on smaller transactions.