Fast Fact Credit Cards let you charge purchases up to a preset dollar limit, called your available credit or credit limit
Fast Fact Credit cards like Visa and MasterCard are issued by banks, which charge an interest rate – called Annual Percentage Rate (APR) – on purchases
Fast Fact Some credit cards include annual fees – once a year fees for the privilege of using the card
Fast Fact All credit cards charge late fees – charges incurred when payments are late
What is the difference between a credit card and a debit card?
Fast Fact Debit cards are not credit cards; debit cards are similar to checks, allowing retailers to debit, or reduce, your bank account directly for the amount of a purchase
When you use a debit card for purchases which of the following are true? A. You are billed monthly for the amount of money you charge to the card. B.Money is deducted directly from your account C.A bank will approve debit transactions even if a person has insufficient funds in their account.
B and C B.Money is deducted directly from your account C. A bank will approve debit transactions even if a person has insufficient funds in their account (then the bank tacks on an overdraft fee).
How is the interest charge for a credit card calculated?
Credit Card Question What is the average interest rate for a credit card? A. 5.9% B.11.9% C.18.9%
Thats almost 20% more you are paying when you use a credit card. Even if you bought something on sale, you are paying 20% more when you use your credit card.
Fast Fact Simple Interest = Principal X Interest Rate X Time
Example $1,000.00 18% APR 1 month billing cycle What is the interest?
Example PRINCIPAL = $1,000.00 RATE = 18% APR TIME = 1 out of 12 months
Example PRINCIPAL X RATE X TIME 1,000 x 18% x (1/12) = $15
Credit Card Myth Paying just the minimum balance each month is okay
Credit Card Fact Paying just the minimum balance extends your balance and payments for months, even years adding to the interest paid
Example 1,000 x 18% x (1/12) = $15.00 – Pay $20 minimum payment. 1,000 + 15.00 – 20.00 = $995.00 – 995.00 x 18% x (1/12) = $14.93 Pay $20 minimum payment. – 995.00 + 14.93 – 20.00 = $989.93 Total paid = $40, reduced balance $11
If you kept paying $20 a month, how long would it take you to pay off your balance? At that rate it would take about 90 months or 7.5 years to pay off the card!!!
How much interest will you pay? At that rate you would pay approximately $800 in interest! Your initial $1000 purchase now cost you $1800!