5 ways in which your credit card can be a boon and not bane

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Now-a-days we all prefer carrying credit cards with us at it eliminates the need to carry cash. It helps us in honouring commitments in times of distress. Of course, it also inculcates a habit of spending if we have no control over spending habits. Here are some ways in which credit cards can help us.

Building credit scores

Credit cards give you scores every time you make a transaction. So, if you use credit card quite often you will be able to build a credit score that might help in times of taking loans.

Discounts are available on transactions by credit cards.

Credit cards offer discounts which make your online shopping cheaper. Sometimes you can book flight tickets at a much cheaper price with your accumulated reward points.

It saves you in times of medical emergencies.

A medical emergency can happen anytime and it is not necessary you would have large balances in your bank account to foot the hospital bills. Though health insurance covers much risks but there are areas where they do not cover. In such cases, your credit card becomes a boon and saves you from asking friends and relatives for money.

Provides easy EMI options.

If you are shopaholic and love buying new gadgets, dresses etc., but don't want to pay the lump sum amount then credit card could help. Establishments from where you buy may not allow you to buy them in easy installment but your credit card will.

Avail personal loan in the shortest time.

You can avail personal loans on credit cards. You can take the loan without the need of any documentation and it is pre-approved. So it is the quickest source from where you can get loan you want.

Story first published: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 11:32 [IST]
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