Benefits Of Responsible Behavior In Credit Card Usage

By: Toddstevens
As soon as young adults hit the age of 18, credit companies tend to have a frenzy in trying to get them to apply for a certain credit card or service. Credit companies typically like to prey on the younger adults since they have less experience with credit, but even those with less experience can stay out of debt with responsible behavior and by adhering to several guidelines.

Anyone with little to no experience with credit might get over excited and get carefree with spending "free money." It's always fun to spend someone else's money, but it should be made apparent that the purchases will catch up to the buyer in the long run, and with interest rates if they aren't careful. In this situation it is best to educated newcomers to credit on how credit cards are best used for emergency situations, and not for everyday purchases.

Next, it should be noted that credit card debts come primarily from paying off debts too late. Basic credit cards can be paid off within a month, and no interest or debts will befall the borrower. In this scenario, consumers can spend all the money they want so long as they pay off the debts within a month. The real problem comes when borrowers can't pay the purchases off within a month, and interest is then collected.

To better reel in new customers and profits, credit card companies like to offer incentives for using the credit cards they offer. Incentives usually aren't very large- with some credit companies offering cash back bonuses or grand prizes for select users. In offering incentives, credit companies hope consumers get purchase happy and buy more than they can pay for, whereas credit companies would benefit from new interest rates to be paid.

Another more modern scheme among credit companies is to offer low interest rates for a certain period of time, and then increase them to unfair levels after a certain amount of time. Credit companies hope in this case that consumers forget they have to pay interest after a certain amount of time, or that they have bought a very expensive item during the no interest phase that carries over to the date where they need to start paying higher interest rates.

There is much to lose by using a credit card, but as long as a borrower can be responsible about the situation there is less of a chance debt will be obtained. In some cases credit companies will work with customers to adjust interest rates, plan payments, and even consolidate debts should they indeed be in over their head. In this case, credit companies can be just as helpful as they are greedy for money.

Final Thoughts

Credit has had an interesting impact on the economies of nations around the world since its inception. But don't let the demise of many borrowers scare one away from using it- it's necessary to do so in order to build a good credit rating and credit history. Just be sure to do so with caution, and always try to use cash in place of credit just to stay on the safe side.
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