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Why We Use Plastic Money

Oct 11, 2007
These days, our credit cards allow us to buy whatever we want, whenever we want. This is such a change from some years ago when we had to first check whether cards were accepted. Everything seems to have undergone a sea change.

Today, everybody, from retailers to lenders to aircraft carriers, accept credit cards. Attitudes to the credit card have also changed a great deal. Whereas people at one time tended to not use the card, that is no longer the case. The people of today prefer to whip out there cards as soon as bill paying time arrives. A swipe and a sign is all it takes, and one can walk home with the bill and the stuff to go with it.

Credit cards are so much easier to carry than cash that it is quite typical that the former is taking over as the most preferred mode of payment. A credit card occupies very negligible space in our wallets, and yet, it can purchase so much for us. Paying by credit card is also a good way of keeping tabs on what we are spending our money on.

While making cash payments, it does become a little hard to keep a track of anything but the largest bills. But in the case of credit cards, our credit card slips and our monthly statements clearly tell us how we have been spending our money.

Moreover, it is becoming almost too easy to get credit cards these days. I constantly have cold callers phoning me to give me "a great new credit card deal". Salespersons occasionally walk into our office offering discounts if a group of people decides to get that credit card immediately. Why, credit card vendors even put up stalls at strategic locations and these also help get more customers.

However, the ease with which we can get credit cards can be one of the disadvantages. Nowadays, we always run the risk of landing up with a card that is of no use. When the terms seem to be too easy, we should ensure that we read the fine print carefully.

Before availing of a credit card, it is necessary to understand the benefits and the risks. Often enough, a credit card may seem to offer a great deal, but there may be some disadvantages that one is overlooking. The only way to tackle this is to ensure that we complete our research before we go credit card hunting. Then we should easily find some great deals.
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