Cash or Credit Card?

Cash or credit card? Both offer conveniences.

Depending on the person, one may prefer credit card over cash. However, one route may be financially safer than the other. So, which one do you choose? Here are the two broken down to help you make your choice.

Convenience

If you have both cash and your credit card on you, which do you choose? If you paid off your card in full the month prior, then you may want to consider putting the expense on your credit card. However, if you have a high balance on your credit card and you are creeping up on your due date, then you might want to take the cash route. You may find yourself falling into debt if you continue to swipe your credit card or get close to exceeding your credit limit.

Keep in mind, if you are paying for a product that is on sale with your credit card and you don’t pay your card in full that month, then you will end up paying more in interest and losing the sale. Don’t make this mistake!

ATM-ing

If you like to carry cash on you at all times, consider heading down to the ATM at the beginning of each week. This way, you can have the option whether you want to choose cash or charge your card. If you carry a limited number of cash on you and leave your debit and credit card at home, then you will be less at risk to fall into debt and you will have a better understanding of what you are spending (since you will have the exact amount of cash on you that you budgeted for).

If the ATM is too much of a hike and you choose to use your credit card all week, then make sure you are checking your credit card statement at the end of each month. Stay on top of your expenses and make sure everything on your statement is correct. You don’t want to become a victim of fraud.

Credit History

Carrying cash on you can be a better option to avoid paying interest back every month, however it won’t boost up your credit score. If you use your credit card wisely and pay it on time every month, then you will be on the road to having a great credit history. Remember, a credit score and good credit history is important to obtain a positive financial future. If you only use cash all the time and never boost your credit, then you may not be able to obtain that car loan you needed or new apartment.

Safety

Having both cash and a credit card can be super important for your safety. You may come into a situation where it’s cash-only – this could even be an emergency where you need to get somewhere and your taxi doesn’t accept credit cards. Don’t fall into this situation. Always carry cash as a back-up, even if you don’t plan on using it. Your credit card can also have your back when it comes to insurance. For example, if you are traveling and need a rental car, your card could cover if you were to get into an accident. Call your provider to ask about this before traveling.

Debt-Free

If you budget and use a pre-determined amount of cash each week, then you will find yourself on the road to “financial freedom.” However, it is still important to maintain a good credit history. Consider using your credit card for essential expenses only (groceries, rent) and pay off the full amount each month. This way, you will be debt-free and be on top of your financial situation.

So, which is the better option cash or credit? There is no real answer! Choosing cash or a credit card can depend on where you are and what you’re doing. Which do you prefer? Leave us your comments below!

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