Debit Cards Pros: No interest Quick cash Limit spending Online payments Cons: Credit History Fees Point of sale Who’s ATM? Overlimit? Blocking $500 liability?
Prepaid Debit Cards Pros: No interest fees No bank account Online payments Safer then cash Limit spending Cons: Credit History Earn no interest Fees Activation Monthly ATM Overlimit?
Secured Credit Cards Pros: Safer than cash Build savings Liability Could build up credit history Cons: Ties up money Interest rates Fees: Maintenance Late Overlimit
When you do use credit… know how much today’s credit will cost you tomorrow.
Current Credit Card Balance = $1,715.24 Minimum Payment Due = $18 Due Date = 21 days If you make no additional charges on this card and each month you pay… You will pay off the balance on this statement in about… And you will end up paying an estimated total of… Only the minimum payment 12 years$2,685 (969.76 in interest) $553 years$1,977 (Savings = $708)
Pay Day Loans Rent to Own Car Title Loans Pawn Shops 400-800% 40-700% Rapid Tax Refund Anticipation Loans Subprime Types of Credit
Pay Day Loans Interest really adds up when the loan is rolled over: 4 times = $191 in interest
Who cares about your credit? Creditors / Lenders Insurance Companies Landlords Employers Utility Companies Government Agencies YOU!
Signs that you have more expenses than income: Behind on bills. Carry a credit card balance. Spending money for interest and late fees. Not able to save for future purchases. Increase in money arguments. Lost sleep. Spending Income
Catching up on credit payments: $ Try not to take on any new debts. $ Make a list of all your debts. $ Figure out how much money you can pay towards debt. $ If you have money for payments - Use “PowerPay”
“Power Pay” Concept Pay your credit payments as usual. When first loan is paid off...... apply that payment to the next loan. When loan two is paid off...... add that payment to the next loan. Continue this process until all loans are paid off. Utah State University Extension www.powerpay.org
Power Pay Strategy DiscoverMasterCardDoctor April$22$35 May$22$35 June$57$35$0 July$57$35--- August$57$35--- September$0$92--- October---$57$35 …and so on---$92$0
But what if there’s not enough money? Spending Income
If you have don’t have money for minimum payments: Talk with your creditors Financial counseling Debt management plans Debt consolidation Bankruptcy