Companies having their data hacked seems to be a common occurrence these days. This is causing credit card companies to issue new cards every few months, or at least it feels like it happens this often. This has me thinking that maybe using cash more frequently may be a good idea. There are times when using a credit card can be beneficial; however, if not used properly, a credit card can cause a lot more harm than good.
Paying with a credit card lets you postpone the actual obligation of payment to the future, while cash payments make you physically have the cash to make the purchase. Purchasing items on credit without being able to afford it will just lead to debt sitting on your card accumulating finance charges. Using cash would be beneficial if you have a tough time holding off on large purchases until you have the money.
Avoid using a credit card when the company requires large processing fees. These processing fees can sometimes be more expensive than waiting until you have the cash and paying the late fee. These fees will usually offset the rewards one would receive by using a credit card. To avoid paying more than you need to, compare the processing fees to the late fees to make sure you are making the right choice.
Most credit cards offer many types of rewards and exclusive benefits. You can avoid interest and late fees by making payments on time and paying off your balance. The rewards will add up, making credit cards more beneficial than paying cash. Just make sure you pay off your balance so the fees are not also adding up. Other credit card benefits include additional warranties and purchase protection.
As much of a pain as it is when your credit card company issues a new card after a potential data hack, it is actually one of the credit cards’ greatest advantage. If cash is stolen from you it is hard, if not impossible, to retrieve this cash. However, if your credit card is stolen or fraudulent charges are made on your card, it takes one call to cancel the credit card, refute the charges, and have another card sent to you. This is a much less painful process than trying to retrieve stolen cash.
These are only a few examples of situations where you should decide what is better, paying with cash or credit. By making conscious choices when it comes to your payment method, it can end up saving you money.