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Do You Need That Credit Card?

Aug 17, 2007
Do you currently have a credit card? If you do, then you are like most other individuals. Credit cards have increased in popularity over the past few years. Despite being popular, there are still many individuals who do not have a card. If you are one of those individuals, it is likely that you may have wondered if you need to have one.

Determining whether or not you need a credit card is a fairly easy process. To determine whether nor not you need one, you will need to examine your shopping needs and if a card may be required to fulfill those needs. Despite the fact that credit cards are increasing in popularity, there are a number of popular retail stores, hotel chains, and car rental locations that are beginning to accept other methods of payment.

If you are interested in shopping online, you may need to consider obtaining a card. A large number of online retailers only accept cards. Some online retailers are beginning to accept online checks or debt cards; however, this is something new. If you need to make a purchase now or in the immediate future, you may need to obtain a card to make that purchase.

While online shopping is the place where credit cards are most often required, you may also find that you need a card to rent a vehicle, reserve a hotel room, or make an airline reservation. You can make an airline reservation, book a hotel room, or rent a vehicle for any occasion, but most do so while on vacation. If you are interested in taking a vacation, at least someone in your traveling party should have a credit card. It may be possible to find an airline, hotel, or car rental location that offers alternative payment options; however, they are sometimes few and far in between.

The good news about shopping online or planning a vacation is that they are usually planned ahead of time. If you find that you need a credit card, you can often obtain one before you need to use it. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for emergencies. Credit cards are nice to have in the event that something unexpected arises. These unexpected emergencies may include, but are not limited to, medical bills, car trouble, travel, and family problems.

When it comes to having a card, there are many individuals who are concerned with how they will use that credit card. Limiting your spending is often easier said than done. Unfortunately, there are many individuals who get into debt because they misused their credit card. If you are interested in only having a credit card for family vacations, online shopping, or unexpected emergencies, you are encouraged to select the right card. For you, the right card may be one with a low spending limit. A low spending limit may help to prevent you from using your credit card for purchases other than the ones you intended to have the card for.

Having a credit card is only a necessity if you will need to use one. There are many individuals, especially college students, who make the mistake of getting a credit card for just the purpose of having one. This is a mistake that results in financial problems for a long period of time, if not for a lifetime. Do not the same mistake. You are encouraged to examine your credit card needs; you may even find that you really don't need to have one after all.
About the Author
Joseph Kenny writes for the credit card comparison site CardGuide.co.uk. The site is full of credit card information including the article Top How Not To Succumb To Plastic Fever.
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