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How Do Americans Treat Their Credit Card Deals?

2007-09-18

A credit card is a comparatively new tool. In 1950 plastics were a privilege. Nowadays they are almost a necessity in American society. By all means, they are wide-spread and extremely popular. The question is: What do Americans think about credit card deals now in the 21st century?

According to the survey, the most pressing problem for Americans is a credit card debt. This concept involves a great number of emotions and as a rule, they are negative. However, about half of those surveyed do not worry much about the problems with their bills. And about 25% of credit card users feel responsible and try to pay off their credit card bills each month.

On the first hand, living on credit seems so easy and convenient. On the other hand, it turns out to be rather hard to stick to the budget and make regular payments. Experts assure it is very important to admit the fact that you have a problem. This is the first step to the problem solving. The research shows that a great number of those surveyed do not care much about difficulties with their credit card deals. Americans feel indifferent to such points as monthly payments, for example.

Still, there is a big number of those, who do with their plastics perfectly well. Eight out of ten credit card consumers have never exceeded the limit on their credit cards. Figures speak for themselves. 53% of Americans try to stick to their budget. You may find it funny, but those responsible users said they did not worry much about credit card debts. Why? First of all, they know how to avoid them. If you pay attention to your budget, you probably do not make hasty decisions about your finances. So, you do not make mistakes.

Americans prefer credit cards to other methods of payment. The survey showed that nearly one-third of credit clients had more than one card, i.e. three and more. And about 23% of those surveyed - four and more plastics. Finance experts think it may become a problem to handle properly many credit cards. The choice of the right card in certain situations causes a great deal of confusion. For example, making purchases with your balance transfer credit card is not a good idea, for you will sure to face pretty high interest rates. So, be careful about such situations.

It must be said that in general, payment habits of American credit card users are on a high level. More than half of credit consumers pay off the entire balance each month. 29% of people surveyed make partial payments, and only 3% cannot make even minimum payments. The last figure indicates a group of those who do not live within their means. That's why they easily get into trouble.

Another difficulty that may arise is late payments. 33% of credit card users had this problem once or twice. The point is that you should pay for it. Credit card companies set rather high fees for late payments. Besides, your credit score may be damaged as well. In other words, you will experience universal default. It means that other credit card companies may raise your interest rate.

If you have no wish to be caught unawares, read carefully the fine print in your credit card agreement. You will be motivated to do your best in order to escape late payments in future. That's for sure!

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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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