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How To Use Credit Cards In Correct Manner

Jun 24, 2008
It's no secret that credit cards have been putting borrowers everywhere into a debt they can hardly get a hold of. But credit isn't something that should be neglected, since it is responsible for making the financial industry tick. The solution is, as a result, to learn how to use credit and credit cards to the benefit of the consumer.

Anyone with little to no experience with credit might get over excited and get carefree with spending "free money." It's always fun to spend someone else's money, but it should be made apparent that the purchases will catch up to the buyer in the long run, and with interest rates if they aren't careful. In this situation it is best to educated newcomers to credit on how credit cards are best used for emergency situations, and not for everyday purchases.

As a next lesson for those new to credit, interest rates and other fees will only come to buyers if they can't pay off their purchases within a month. So long as they stay up to date on their purchases and bring their owed debts to zero each month, the common credit company won't charge a thing to borrowers. The trick in this situation is to maintain a proper budget, and stay as up to date on it as possible so as to ensure debts aren't created.

It's hard to ignore using a credit card when it comes laden with incentives. Many credit companies offer airline miles, cash back bonuses, and other rewards for simply using the credit card. But when consumers get anxious to buy things, they also lose their logic. It's good to note that even with incentives, using a credit card is a poor choice where cash can be used. After all, no one went into debt as a result of paying for an item with cash.

Another more modern scheme among credit companies is to offer low interest rates for a certain period of time, and then increase them to unfair levels after a certain amount of time. Credit companies hope in this case that consumers forget they have to pay interest after a certain amount of time, or that they have bought a very expensive item during the no interest phase that carries over to the date where they need to start paying higher interest rates.

In Conclusion

Creditors know how to pull the right strings with borrowers, as has been made apparent with their many marketing ploys. But to stay out of debt and free of any troubles, it is recommended that consumers pay with cash or check where possible. As previously stated, credit cards are best used for emergency situations only. Using them for much else may put borrowers into a debt that they can hardly climb out of- and where consumers can avoid debt, they should do so at all costs.
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