Free Money Or Credit Card Debt?
Every time an individual goes to the grocery store, the items in the cart may be less, yet the total bill is still higher. Likewise, based upon the prices at
the pump, consumers may often wonder if the tank is being filled with liquid gold.
In general, the cost of living seems to be rising faster than the typical household budget can accommodate. No problem! If cash is short, simply whip
out the little plastic rectangle from the wallet, and basic needs, and many wants, will not have to be sacrificed to a shortage in finances. Actually, used
in excess, credit card debt can fast become a really big problem, and insurmountable financial woes are lurking around the corner.
Used in moderation, credit cards are an excellent tool for making necessary purchases. For example, possessing large amounts of cash seems like
tempting would-be pickpockets and muggers to "pick me!" Rather than opening a wallet to reveal the entire vacation budget, travelers often opt to use
a credit card for financing the journey. Actually, the practice is a smart idea, under one vital condition: avoid credit card debt; pay the subsequent bill
in its entirety.
For the rare individual, a credit card is an excellent means of controlling the budget and earning cash back, or significant travel rewards. Used
carefully, a credit card can be implemented for paying all the regular bills, groceries, and gas. Then, at the end of the month, when the bill arrives, the
amount is paid in full with a single check or an electronic funds transfer.
Unfortunately, a growing number of credit users are experiencing the financial woes of credit card debt, because the bill cannot be paid in full during
the billing cycle. Month after month, the unpaid balance continues to grow, and in no time at all, the card is maxed out. In addition, once someone has
one active credit card account, the mailbox is soon inundated with offers for introductory rates on additional cards. Soon, one card-for emergencies
only-soon becomes 2, 3, 4,