I was curious to know why a friend of mine didn’t own a credit card — especially in this day and age. My friend’s response:
Haasige iddashtu kaalu chaachu (idiom for: I don’t want to spend money that’s not mine to begin with). Add to that the hassles of remembering payment due dates, amounts, etc. Throw in the risk of physically losing/misplacing the credit card (I don’t even want to talk about the virtual aspect). It’s very easy to fall into a strangling spiral of spending money that’s not yours. Iâ€™ve seen people turn into compulsive spenders just to recover the annual fee and to utilize offers; seen people shift to another bank that clears your existing credit and gives you even more (read: balance transfers); seen people exhaust the limit on one card and simply move on to the next one in their wallet. They aren’t a happy bunch today. When you can keep things simple — and yourself happy — with your hard-earned cash, why would you want to get into the mess of credit cards?
I do confess that I have been attracted to cash-back and point-redemption offers, but one look at the fine print and…I know that it’s not for me. Of course, there are certain drawbacks to not having a credit card; but when you own your choices you also own their consequences.
What do you think?