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Do I even need credit cards?

Should I start using a credit card or it's something like a loan, which is generally bad and you shouldn't make it if possible. Please advise.


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No, pay off the balance each month, and it doesn't cost you anything. Get a card that gives cash back, and in fact, they pay you to use it.

  • but what will happen if i die for example, who will pay this? I just can't understand a trick here. Bank is giving you money and that's all. Doesn't seem very profitable.
    – user3076
    Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 14:10

It depends on your interest rate, and your financial responsibility as a person.

If you get a new credit card and it has a 0% intro APR (annual percentage rate) for the first year or so, all you have to do is pay the minimum payments per month.

So if you need to make a big purchase, say a new TV or computer, you could put it on the card and just pay the minimum monthly payments each month. In effect getting a 0% loan for a year or so.

However, in order to take advantage of this situation you must be able to pay back the whole amount before your 0% APR is up.

The banks do this because they have millions of customers, and many of them pay interest, do balance transfers, take out cash lines of credit, etc... This is how they make money for themselves.

In response to your other question, if you were to die, the debt would go to your estate. Probably your surviving next of kin.

  • Sorry, but "surviving next of kin" is wrong, at least in America. If your cousin owes money and dies, you don't take on his debt, unless maybe your cousin owed money to the mafia.
    – TylerH
    Commented Apr 5, 2014 at 7:16