Having or Not Having Those Credit Cards?


Probably You Can't Live Without Credit Cards

By Kate T.
It can be somewhat inconvenient to live without a Credit Card in today's world. In many cases, people are quite frankly shocked to find out we are Credit Card free. It almost does not compute! However, that is okay. For our family the decision to cut up our Credit Cards likely saved us from major financial problems down the road and forced us to limit our impulse buying, saving us money in the end.

My husband and I had to cut up all of our Credit Cards. The only remaining card is for a mechanic shop, to be used in case of emergency should any unforeseen repair be required for our vehicles. We even took the extra measure of getting the Credit Card in my name, to prevent any temptation on the part of my husband.

When we first got married, we got into some serious financial difficulties that we like to blame on our Credit Cards. Every credit card company and its brothers were banging down our door begging us to apply. We were both young, with full-time jobs, just starting out in our life. We wanted our new apartment to be perfect with all the latest gadgets and accessories that are marketed specifically to the unsuspecting and newly married.

Before we knew it, our place was full of the greatest stuff, and the balances on our many Credit Cards were through the roof. We ended up having to get a loan to consolidate our payments and that was the end of credit card spending in our family.

I don't know what it is. We are both reasonably intelligent, but hand us a couple of Credit Cards and somehow we forget that this is not free money! We have to pay it back eventually. Moreover, credit comes with a heft price tag: interest.

We have now been married for twelve years. I'd like to think we have learned a thing or two over the years. We have toyed with the idea of getting a Credit Card for emergency purposes only. Strangely enough, this sort of idea generally strikes when we are running a little low on cash flow. Thankfully, so far, we have maintained our wits about us, and been able to resist the temptation of a little Credit Card spending. Based on our experiences, I think this was a very wise choice!

Sometimes it is hard to pass by a great sale when we do not have the cash on hand; however, after learning a very difficult lesson early on, my husband and I are thankful that our addiction to Credit Cards was nipped in the bud. From time to time, we are asked for Credit Card information, especially when it comes to online purchases. If the item or service is really needed, we can usually find away around the need for a Credit Card.

Social Bookmark This Page to Share Online
| Post to del.icio.us Post to del.icio.us | FURL Post to Furl

pin.gifBack to
arrow.gif Credit Card Deals Financial Advice Home
arrow.gif Sitemap

Submit Your Posts Or News Articles Here