Physically a credit card is a plastic rectangle with a magnetic strip that connects to a particular financial account. However, as a concept, the credit card represents the ease of purchase has arrived to define the modern generations and those who have yet to come, and the credit card is the omen that has come to warn us. In America the overall credit card debt that has been accumulated has now reached a staggering $905 billion, with the median amount of debt per household estimated at $2,300.
It becomes clear why methods are put in place to determine whether or not someone is able to apply for a credit card. In order to apply, one has to be eligible to receive credit from their bank, which in layman’s terms means that you are essentially borrowing money that you may or may not presently have from your bank in order to make purchases. This is the concept that sets the playing field for the dangerous of having a credit card, which without constant diligence and responsibility over ones own finances can cause more harm than help.
While it may be a frightening, though, the credit card does come with many benefits if used properly and with personal limitations. They are extremely helpful if you are looking to make a larger purchase that you can pay off over time, rather than having to bring cash to the store or pay in full with a debit card. In order to avoid the added fees and costs that come with not being able to pay your credit card bill on time, it is important to keep a careful eye on spending and pay your monthly bill in full each time.
Credit cards are also helpful in building and creating a credit score, which is essentially the numerical expression that banks and credit card companies use to determine the risk they place in someone by offering them a loan. With a higher credit score you are able to make expensive purchases and pay them off over larger periods of time, as you have essentially gained he banks trust and they are willing to make out larger loans. This is extremely important when buying essentials such as vehicles or a home. If your credit score is low, however, it becomes more difficult to make these deposits as you may not be eligible for loans. Proper care and attention is a must when it comes to responsible ownership of a credit card to maintain a clean financial record.