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How Gas Prices Affect Your Credit Score

Mar 28, 2008
With the rising gas prices lately, it seems as if they are ever going to go down. It just seems like yesterday the prices were at two dollars a gallon. It seems like no matter how high they go, people tend to complain but sooner or later people tend to live with it. The true question now is, with all the gas prices going up, are people going to be able to afford this? If not, will this lead people to credit cards?

If you've been living under a rock, you're probably well aware of the credit crisis that is going on today in America. People love to spend money they don't have and when that credit card bill comes in the mail and they can't afford, guess who suffers? That's right, the credit card companies are.

Certain situations will lead to certain credit crisis and if a resource that we rely on daily tends to go up in price, people are going to have to buy regardless of how people get the money. Like food and gas, these are the general necessities we need in life. Even though there are ways around transportation like a taxi or mass transit, these gas prices are still passed down to the consumer hurting us all.

Like I mentioned in the previous paragraph, people will do anything to pay for their gas. If people don't have the money in their savings, it'll lead to them using their credit card. When the credit card bill arrives and they realize they can't pay off the bill, this will start them down the road of debt. When people find out they are in debt, they do nothing to change it. Instead, people tend to live their comfortable lives and not do what it is important, get another job and find multiple incomes. I can't stress enough how important it is to fix your debt before it gets too bad.

Gas prices are awful, how can I get around it?

The forecast doesn't look bright when it comes to gas prices. In fact, the prices are just going to get worse. As you continue to make the same amount of money, the gas will continue to take a bigger bite out of your wallet. In order to avoid this, you can change your driving habits, join a car pool, or use your cities mass transportations system. There's always a way around saving money regardless of if you need it. Just like groceries, you will need to eat but there are ways to eat cheaper like buying off brand items and being more creative with your dinners.

In the long run, don't let the high gas prices hurt your credit; make sure that you watch your driving habits. If you don't need to go somewhere, don't go. It's important that you keep track of your credit expenses. If you're able to keep track of your expenses and pay your bills off on time, you won't have to worry about your lowered credit score; instead you'll be on the right path for a successful credit future.
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