Kansas Saves: Tame Credit Card Spending
Tuesday, January 3, 2006
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Shopping with a credit card can speed resolution if a product or service doesn't live up to advertised claims, but using credit successfully typically requires self-discipline, said Carol Young, Kansas State University Research and Extension family financial management specialist.
"If paying with a credit card, shoppers may spend more than if paying with cash or a debit card," said Young, who suggested asking yourself five questions before using your credit card:
- Will this purchase help me meet one of my goals?
- What do I have to give up to get it?
- Would I buy this if I had to pay cash?
- Would I come back tomorrow to buy this?
- If I charge this, can I pay off this month's bill?
To make asking such questions a habit, local and district K-State Research and Extension offices are offering credit card covers imprinted with these spending questions. The covers are part of Kansas Saves, a campaign to encourage saving and successful money management. The financial management campaign is part of a larger national effort called America Saves and sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America.
For more information, check with local or district K-State Research and Extension offices or visit Extension's Web site: www.oznet.ksu.edu/financialmanagement/ and click on Kansas Saves.