How credit cards work
When you apply for a credit card, you apply to borrow money from the card issuer, usually a bank. The issuer will look at your credit history before it accepts your application - and if you have a low credit score you could be refused credit. If you have good credit score and having satisfactory trade records, Banks Generally provides up to 5 times of your monthly Salary.
If all is well, the bank will set a credit limit, which is the maximum amount you can spend on the card. The card company will send you a statement every month, detailing the transactions on the card, plus the amount owing. It should also give the minimum payment and the payment due date.
Increased Spending â€“ As per research on the whole, credit card customers spend 2Â½ time more money than cash-carriers, making larger purchases that are as simple as upsizing their meal at a fast food restaurant.
More Frequent Purchases â€“ Because credit cards afford shoppers more flexibility, they go out and buy items as soon as they need them. Conversely, cash-only shoppers buy when their wallets are full â€” paydays and holidays.
Extraneous Purchases â€“ Businesses that receive credit and debit card payments, as opposed to cash-only establishments, reap the benefits of unintended purchases. Because credit card payers are not confined to what they have in their wallets, these buyers frequently purchase items on impulse â€” like that cute pair of shoes that are on sale.
Additional Credit Perks for Businesses - Knowing how varied payment options affect consumer behaviour, you may wonder how this translates to benefits for your business. Indeed, merchants experience a number of advantages when incorporating credit card payments into their business model.
Unexpected fees - Typically, you'll pay between 2 and 4 percent just to get the cash advance; also cash advances usually carry high interest rates.
Hidden costs - The interest rate is not the only cost of a credit card. A fee will be charged if you are late making your monthly payment, or miss it altogether. You'll also pay a penalty if you exceed your credit limit. So make sure you keep track of your spending and always pay your bill on time.
And don't be tempted to withdraw cash on your credit card. Most card firms charge a fee to withdraw cash from an ATM, typically about 2%. You will also start to rack up interest immediately as there is no interest-free period on cash withdrawals.