Ball And Chain

Its so easy to sign up.

Maybe even needed to get a credit score and credit history established.

It's so easy to swipe the plastic, hit the 'Buy Now' button, and to convince yourself you need something when you don't.

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Money can work for you, or if handled thoughtlessly, can work against you!

Careless use has brought many of us to our knees, or up to our necks, in debt--rapidly increasing debt! 

A few suggestions:

--leave the plastic at home

--for large purchases, wait a week or two, unless this is a true emergency

--use those 1-2 weeks to see if you can make other arrangements, borrow from a friend, or forego the object of your desire altogether.

--research

--think about it

--know what's in your bank account 

Can you afford 15-21% interest on the money you just borrowed for your daily energy drink, latte, burger fix? 

--if you can't pay the $3.25 + tax right there, how on earth are you gonna pay 30 days worth of purchases? And if you can't pay that whole amount off  in the grace period...12.99%...17.99%...or 21% interest enters your life

--minimum payment on that $90+ will likely be $0

--they don't care if it sits there @ APR 15-21%, because over the course of the year your $90+ now costs you $104+ with 16% APR

--you say, "so what??" Well, if you don't use the credit card for the next 11 months that might be a valid argument, but you do...you need next months $90+ lattes (and some other items get tacked on) PLUS the new interest amount on $180 worth of lattes you haven't paid off.

--oh man, are they lovin' you

--cha-cha-cha-ching with a capitol 'C'

--the spiral continues

--think about it. 

--be thoughtful

--be debt-free 

--life is definitely better that way

Reference: http://20somethingfinance.com/credit-card-debt/