Visualize Credit Card Use: That $8.50 Lunch Costs You $850 at Age 63 and $8,500 by Age 85

lunchBy David John Marotta

If your credit card minimum payment was $10 and you repaid it every month for 15 1/2 years with an accruing interest of 15.9%, a $1,000 purchase would end up costing $2,250. Every time you use your credit card to pay for something you risk it being marked up two and a half times the normal sales price. Over time, that $10 T-shirt cost you $22.50!

Whenever you use your credit card, imagine that two and a half times the price of what you are buying will be deducted from your account over the next decade.

Students assume that they can run up a credit card bill because it will be easy to pay it off after they graduate when they get a high paying job. But the larger your d


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5 Responses to Visualize Credit Card Use: That $8.50 Lunch Costs You $850 at Age 63 and $8,500 by Age 85

  1. Minimum Wage says:

    Student loans can also be bad debt when the education does not pay off in increased earnings.

  2. simon says:

    Many college students do not believe they should have a credit card. In many cases the decision to have a credit card while a college student Having a credit card while in college with a small credit limit may actually aid you after graduation provided you always pay either the balance in full or the minimum payment due on or before the due date.

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  4. Minimum Wage says:

    Moral of this story:

    Do NOT visualize whirled peas, it could really cost you!

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