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Credit Card Deals: Indicate the Reason to Settle Your Debt!

2008-07-29

Credit cards have made our life much easier. They provide a host of great services and incentives, but plastics do have the downside, i.e. fees and charges that may result in heavy credit debts.

When used wisely, credit cards are really effective. They will be of great help for those who plan purchasing a big-ticket item, as well as for those who badly need money in case of emergency. All the more so, by using credit cards at certain retailers, you can get extra bonuses or discounts. But there's one thing that can ruin your credit card pleasure, i.e. credit card debts. Read more about the most common credit debt reasons.

In theory, we all should pay our credit bills regularly without any late credit payments, but in practice, we tend to cope with various circumstances, and the cases are not rare when we cannot fulfill our credit obligations. So, what are those reasons that may prevent us from being responsible credit cardholders?

First and foremost, it's poor money management. Some people cannot get control over their credit spendings and waste money like there's no tomorrow. Money likes to be counted and plastics like to be handled carefully. A spending plan is really important if you want to bring your expenses in line with your income. Take your time to write down your expenses and your current income. This will enable you to estimate the situation and make thoughtful credit decisions.

Oftentimes, we do not plan some medical expenses. It's worth saying that health coverage does not protect from high medical costs. It is said, good health is above wealth. But it takes time to recover and feel better. Meantime, heavy credit bills need to be paid on time. Needless to say, sometimes high medical expenses may end up in unexpected credit debts. For such cases, it would be wise to have an emergency credit card that will you help cover unforeseen expenses.

Probably the best cure against heavy debts can be substantial savings. A savings cushion could help you cover unexpected expenditures, like illness, a lay-off, and divorce. Unfortunately, the number of US savers decreases day by day. High gas and food costs force to spend more on everyday purchases. But the problem is, people tend to spend too little or nothing at all, and it may not be enough for a savings cushion. Generally, it's recommended to save three to six months of living expenses, or even more.

All in all, there are a great many cardholders who do not fully understand how credit cards work. Financial illiteracy is one of the most common reasons for racking up big debts. Sad to say, but schools do not teach kids about proper money management, and parents may not be that good at handling credit cards as well. Anyway, it's never too late to become knowledgeable about credit card basics and even hidden credit pitfalls. As the saying goes, better late than never!

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[Sunday, December 18, 2011]
Chase Bank recently announced the redesign of its Visa credit cards - allowing more space on the front for the Chase logo. This new design is in trial mode currently but Visa has pans to roll out its new design to other financial institutions in order to increase the branding and logo visibility of the individual issuing banks.
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[Friday, October 28, 2011]
Debit and credit: they`re both plastic, why not consolidate them? The Cinncinati-based Fifth Third Bank, is the first to offer the DuoMasterCard which consolidates both a checking and a credit card account into one card.
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[Wednesday, September 21, 2011]
It really pays when you do the right thing. Take credit cards for instance, having a clean credit profile really does help. Those who managed to maintain a squeaky clean credit report during the recession can now jump with joy, as they will get some of the best deals from credit card issuers.
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