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PICPA The Cost of Credit Cards. Presented by: . What is a Credit Card?. Fast Fact. Credit Cards let you charge purchases up to a preset dollar limit, called your available credit or credit limit. Fast Fact.

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PICPA

The Cost of Credit Cards

Presented by:

fast fact
Fast Fact
  • Credit Cards let you charge purchases up to a preset dollar limit, called your available credit or credit limit
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Fast Fact
  • Credits cards like Visa and MasterCard are issued by banks, which charge an interest rate – called Annual Percentage Rate (APR) – on purchases
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Fast Fact
  • Some credit cards include annual fees – once a year fees for the privilege of using the card
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Fast Fact
  • All credit cards charge late fees – charges incurred when payments are late
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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
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 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).

credit card question
Credit Card Question

What is the average interest rate for a credit card?

A. 5.9%

B. 11.9%

C. 18.9%

c 18 9
C. 18.9%

That’s 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.

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Fast Fact

Simple Interest =

Principal X Interest Rate X Time

example
Example
  • $1,000.00
  • 18% APR
  • 1 month billing cycle
  • What is the interest?
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Example
  • PRINCIPAL = $1,000.00
  • RATE = 18% APR
  • TIME = 1 out of 12 months
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Example
  • PRINCIPAL X RATE X TIME

1,000 x 18% x (1/12) =

$15

credit card myth
Credit Card Myth
  • Paying just the minimum balance each month is okay
credit card fact
Credit Card Fact
  • Paying just the minimum balance extends your balance and payments for months, even years adding to the interest paid
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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
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
How much interest will you pay?

At that rate you would pay approximately $800 in interest!

Your initial $1000 purchase now cost you $1800!

fast facts
Fast Facts
  • When you need protection on a repair or purchase, e.g. auto, appliances, mail order
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Fast Fact
  • As a safe substitute for cash
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Fast Fact
  • When placing orders by phone

or internet

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Fast Fact
  • As a means of identification
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Fast Fact
  • When accurate records are needed
paying credit card debt
Paying Credit Card Debt
  • Stop making purchases using credit – pay cash!
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Paying Credit Card Debt
  • Pay more than the minimum balance each month.
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Paying Credit Card Debt
  • Negotiate with the bank for a lower interest rate, or transfer the balance to a credit card with a lower interest rate
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