INTERMEDIATE (Step 2):
SOOO Easy to Use, Who Needs to Read
the Fine Print?
What the Credit Card Companies Don't Want You to Know
Well, what a surprise. That feeling of power and importance, which
those "necessary" and costly purchases--plus interest,
has caught up
with you. Talk about a "sobering" reality! Yeah, it bites.
The fun of spring
break in Cancun--and all those cervesas--is now only a fading memory.
Except that unrelenting monthly credit card statement with all those
extra charges and fees. Did you realize that these extra bills would
fewer weekends out? You not only can't afford dinner before the
but you have to work extra hours on the weekend. Bummer, DUDE!
So far, you've had the equivalent of a fender-bender
which, in the real
world, means higher insurance premiums. Think finance charges. But,
to fear, because in step 2, you will learn how to minimize the cost
maximize the advantages of using your credit card(s). The goal is
you out of the repair shop and making your own decisions instead
responding to the directives of the credit card companies. Yeah,
Citibank has turned into the academic Dean from--well, let's not
Instead, we will examine "pre-approved"
offers, "teaser" or low
introductory interest rates, "transferring" high interest
debt to lower
interest credit cards, avoiding the courtesy check "rip-off,"
when to insist on "free" annual memberships, how to "waive"
(late, over limit) fees, whether to join a "frequent flier"
program, why you don't want an arbitration addendum to your contract,
finding the membership benefits (which ones are best for you?),
the "hidden fees" in courtesy checks, taking and paying
for a "cash
advance," and itemized annual statements.
Real world examples are briefly explained through
with the Debt Zapper Calculator and
stress relieving tips presented for
maximizing the "Magic of Plastic." Also, a sample letter
is provided for
contesting a charge or change to your credit card agreement.
And, in our quest for your financial empowerment,
this step requires a
fee of only $10. This is much less
than the annual membership fee that
you will no longer have to pay--not to mention hundreds of dollars
other potential savings!
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