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Part II: Taking Control of Your Bank and... > Getting the Most From Your Credit Ca...

Chapter 7. Getting the Most From Your Credit Cards

IN THIS CHAPTER

How Credit Cards Work

Using Your Credit Cards Wisely

How Much Will It Really Cost?

Why Carrying a Balance Is to Be Avoided

Paying Off Your Balance

The Payoff Calculator

Using a Credit Card for Cash Advances

It’s hard to believe that there was a time—and not all that long ago, either—when there were no credit cards. People paid by cash, check, or money order. In today’s connected, online world, it would be unthinkable for most people to get by without a credit card or two (or five or six!). Credit cards can indeed be a great convenience and can, if used properly, even save you money. But, as all too many people have discovered, these little pieces of plastic have a lot of potential for misuse and misery. In this chapter we will take a look at what to look for and what to avoid in your credit cards and how to use them so they work for you and not the other way around. Remember, credit card companies are not your friend—they are out to make money any legal way they can.


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