Why You Might Not Need A Credit Card

by Jason Butler on December 2, 2015 · 7 comments

credit cardA lot of people have credit card debt. The amounts vary per person. If you’re responsible you should be able to pay it off in ample time. Unfortunately, everyone isn’t that responsible. Many people let the credit card debt add up over time and struggle just to make minimum payments. Some are actually better off without a credit card for various reasons. Today’s post covers a few reasons why you might not need a credit card.

You already have large debt that you’re struggling with.

If you already have a large amount of debt that you’re struggling with you may need to think twice about getting a credit card. Getting a credit card and using it irresponsibly can make your debt much higher. In the past, I’ve made the mistake of using my credit card when I shouldn’t have a few times. I’ve gotten a grip on it now, but I am still working to eliminate that debt. The name of the game is to save money, not dish more out for debt payments. If you really want to get a credit card eliminate some of your debt first.

You’re not exactly sure how it works.

The next reason you might not need a credit card is because you might not be sure exactly how it works. I know when some people hear the word credit card they think they have money to spend. While technically you do have money (credit) to spend, many don’t immediately think about repayment. Some people, especially younger ones fail to think about interest rates. Many people also only make the minimum payment because that’s the amount that their bill tells them to. Make sure you educate yourself about your credit card if you do decide to get one.

Family has a history of debt problems

How were your parents with money when you were growing up? Did they have a lot of credit card debt? Do they still have a lot of credit card debt? Did they educate you about credit card usage? If the answers to these questions are not generally positive you may need to think a while before you get a credit card. History repeats itself if you’re not careful. You don’t want to make the same mistakes as your parents did. As I stated in the previous paragraphs take as much time as you need to learn and understand your credit card fully.

You have a spending problem

If you have a spending problem you don’t need a credit card. It will only make things worse. For some people, a credit card allows them to become impulse buyers. I’ve seen people splurge for no reason once they get that credit card. Don’t fall into the trap. That money has to be paid back. Get your spending problem is in order before you decide to get a credit card.

These are just a few reasons why you might not need a credit card. Everybody is different. These reasons may or may not apply to you. If you choose to get a credit card please use it wisely.

Do you have a credit card? Have you had spending problems with it?



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1 Michelle December 2, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Credit cards are definitely not for everyone. I love my credit cards because of the rewards, but my sister is horrible with them and avoids them at all costs.

2 Profinance December 3, 2015 at 5:51 am

 You are absolutely right Jason. Use of credit card is for those who have control over spending habit. Who they must more conscious about their income expenditure balance sheet credit card is a best option to carry. They will spend money up to a limit. For them credit card is like an ordinary playing card.

3 Emily @ JohnJaneDoe December 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

I got a card way too young, and had to learn how to use credit responsibly the hard way..by slowly digging myself out of a hole. Now I know how to use credit, but it was a hard lesson.
It’s good to build up good credit, but if you aren’t sure you can use a card responsibly, it can go really wrong.

4 RAnn December 5, 2015 at 10:07 am

Credit cards are so handy, but I’m glad they weren’t as easy to get back in the day when I had no money–but on the other hand “swiping” wasn’t a common form of payment; I can’t imagine going back to writing checks all the time, or carrying lots of cash.

5 Tre December 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

I have a credit card, but only use it when I travel. I try to stick to a cash budget most of the time so that I don’t overspend.

6 Mel @ brokeGIRLrich December 5, 2015 at 11:46 am

I do have credit cards. My mom has a horrible history with them, in a way, it made me lucky, because I watched that struggle and knew it wasn’t what I wanted. I’ve always been very careful with them.

7 Gary @ Super Saving Tips December 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm

I use credit cards, but I’m very careful to use them responsibly. They can have a lot of benefits, but a lot of downfalls as well. When deciding whether or not to use them, it’s important to be realistic and know your own limits.

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