I know credit cards tend to be a controversial issue around here, and I’m probably opening up a can of worms in posting this, but reader Aimee sent over this article from Smart Money called “10 Reasons I’m Canceling My Credit Cards” this morning. I read it and loved it — especially since it had some points you don’t often see made in articles on why you should stop using credit cards.
I’d encourage everyone to take the time to read this article and consider the points made. You may not agree with it, but I hope it causes you to think about why you’ve chosen to use credit cards or why you’ve chosen not to use them.
Here’s a snippet:
The dollar bill needs you.
A growing number of merchants won’t accept cash anymore. That includes a lot of airlines, which insist you pay by credit card if you want to buy a drink or a sandwich on board. And now comes news that the U.S. Treasury is printing fewer dollars, as we move towards an all-plastic economy.
Great news for the banks. Great news for the card companies. Great news for the marketing establishment, which can now pore through our transactions and our personal lives in greater and greater detail.
Me? Call me a contrarian, or just call me ornery, but I view this with gloom. This is not a step forward. It’s a step backwards. Personally, I’ve been moving the other way. I’ve cut down on my use of credit cards and debit cards. The latest news is the final push I needed to get them out of my life completely. I’m going all cash.
Read the full article.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article. Since this can sometimes be a heated topic, please remember to be cordial in commenting.