Advantages and disadvantages of credit cards

Feb 7 22:46 2007 Vera Birukova Print This Article

Credit card is a great convenience but it also may be financial quicksand if you don’t use it wisely.

A credit card allows you to borrow money to pay for things. There will be a limit to how much you can borrow called your credit limit. At the end of each month you can either pay off the full amount you owe or pay defined minimum proportion of the bill by a due date. The future credit card user should carefully study every credit card deal and revise his or her payment possibilities to suit. There are a lot of advantages.

Advantages of credit cards:

Credit card reduces need to carry cash or checks. A credit card means you don't need to carry huge amounts of cash around and risk losing it.

If you make an unforeseen,Guest Posting large purchase, credit allows you to buy it at once and settle up later. Besides it gives you the opportunity to spread the cost of a large payment over several months.

As well as convenient, accessible credit, credit companies offer consumers flexible rewards schemesin which points earned by purchasing goods with the card can be redeemed for further goods and services.

A credit card means you can make purchases abroad without having to worry about local currency. They have now spread worldwide.

Using credit cards can help you build a positive credit history. Having a good credit history is also very important, when the credit card owner is applying for loans, rental or even jobs.

Many credit cards offer some type of insurance if your purchase is stolen. Some credit companies provide extended warrantees on certain types of purchases.

In general, credit cards enhance our personal responsibility and independence.

Many of these advantages are found in the fine print of your statement that came with the credit card. Make sure you understand how everything works because the benefits differ from card to card.

Of course this only works because many people do not pay their balance at the end of the month. If nobody carried a balance, the banks would be out of money and they unquestionably would not offer any of those reward schemes that give you free miles or hotel rewards.

Disadvantages of credit cards:

The biggest disadvantage is that they are inviting cardholders to spend more money that they don’t yet have. It is far too easy to spend more than you can afford using a credit card. Most credit cards do not ask you to pay off your balance each month.  While this may feel like “free money” at the time, you will absolutely must to pay it off.  The longer you wait, the more money you will lose with interest which accrues every day until you pay the balance.

Credit cards can be stolen, as can cash. They may be physically stolen or someone may steal your credit card number from a website, over the phone etc. The good news is that, unlike cash, if you find your card has been stolen and you inform your credit company instantly, you will not pay for purchases that somebody else has made.

Credit cards issue a monthly spending limit. While they are mostly high, if you exceed it, you may face even bigger charges.

So if a credit card is not used wisely, people can get into debt or even bankruptcy.

Think carefully before applying for a credit card.  There are many benefits you can obtain by using a credit card-all for free as long as you pay off your balance at the end of each month. Other people aren't going to pay off the balance and they are paying for you to get free service.

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Vera Birukova
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Vera Birukova is a financial expert of On this website you will find other articles on financial issues written by credit experts.

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