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The Negative Effects Store Credit Cards Can Have on Your Credit Score

January 5, 2018 Posted by kingcade

Getting a deal on holiday purchases can end up costing you more in the New Year- a lot more, in fact.  The reality of a cheerful sales clerk asking, “Would you like to save 20 percent on your purchases today by opening a store credit card?” Sounds tempting, right?  But these cards can ultimately hurt your credit score.   Store credit cards can have a large impact on your credit usage, which is a big factor in credit scores.   Applying for these cards requires an inquiry on your credit report and reduces the average age of your credit accounts.

Store credit cards have significantly higher APR’s and it is easy to fall into debt. The credit limits on these cards are typically 10 percent compared to other cards.  How much of your credit limit you use has a substantial impact on your credit score.  The one factor that matters more is paying on time. Credit experts advise staying below 30 percent of the limit on any card. Consumers with the highest credit scores use less than 10 percent.

When you apply for a store credit card, the card issuer will pull one of your credit reports.  This helps qualify you, but it can cause a temporary dip in your score. On top of potentially hurting your credit scores, retail cards have usability issues. These cards are good only at one store or retail chain.  They are typically accompanied by high interest rates and severe penalties if a payment is missed.  These cards also have less security features.

If you shop at a particular store often, it might be worth opening a store card to access ongoing discounts, presales and insider benefits.  But avoid making this decision lightly and in the checkout line.

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If you have any questions on this topic or are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade Garcia McMaken has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade Garcia McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Read THIS before Using a Store Credit Card to Shop this Holiday Season

November 10, 2016 Posted by kingcade

If you are planning to finance a portion of your holiday purchases, you may be enticed to open a store credit card.  With the attractive-sounding 0% interest rates, competitive rewards programs, even a discount on your first purchase, the offer sounds too good to be true, right?

That’s because it is.  Here are some important facts consumers need to know about store credit cards.

The Truth about “No Interest” Financing:

There are two kinds of no interest financing. When you sign up for a bank credit card with a 0% introductory APR, you are not charged any interest on your purchases until that time runs out.  However, store credit cards typically use what’s called “deferred interest” financing. This means that during the introductory no-interest period, interest on your purchases is accumulating, but will not be charged as long as you pay the balance in full.

Here’s an example:  Let’s say that you finance a $3,000 jewelry purchase using 24-month deferred interest financing, but the store’s credit card has a 27.99% standard APR. The account has minimum monthly payments of $100, so by only paying the minimum, you would have a remaining balance of $600 once the 24-month interest-free period runs out. However, you would also have approximately $1,000 in deferred interest charges added to your 25th bill because you failed to pay off the entire balance in time. Deferred interest can also be added to your bill if you make a late payment one month.

The Interest will Cost You:

When signing up for a store credit card, make sure and read the cardholder’s agreement, specifically the section that tells you the card’s interest rate. According to a recent report, the average regular APR of a store card is 26.72%, more than 11 percentage points above the overall national credit card average APR of 15.07%.  You can expect store cards to have interest rates that are significantly higher than those of general-use credit cards.

A Hard Credit Inquiry Can Affect your Credit Score:

When you agree to apply at the checkout counter, your credit report will be hit with a credit inquiry. Although one inquiry is usually not a big deal, it is not something you want to do if you are thinking of purchasing a home or new car anytime soon. According to FICO, one credit inquiry can have little to no impact on some consumers’ credit scores.  For others, it can take five points off your score. When applying for a mortgage, five points could put you into the next interest rate range, costing you thousands over the life of your mortgage.

Rewards are Limited:

Store credit cards usually offer excellent rewards on in-store purchases. However, these credit cards usually offer no rewards for spending out of store.

Bottom line: Beware of the higher-than-average interest rates on these store credit cards, and the consequences of carrying a balance past the end of the deferred-interest period.

If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:

https://www.fool.com/credit-cards/2016/11/06/read-this-before-using-a-store-credit-card-for-you.aspx

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nickclements/2015/11/29/store-credit-cards-can-be-dangerous/#6c1763596377

 

Five Store Credit Cards to Avoid

August 8, 2014 Posted by kingcade

According to a survey of 61 major retail credit cards by CreditCards.com, retail credit cards are becoming debt traps for consumers. Many of these cards have an average APR of 23.23%, compared with 15.03% for other credit cards. This means a consumer who spends $1,000 on a retail card, and made only the minimum payments, would spend more than six years repaying that balance and end up paying a total of $1,840 for the $1,000 item. That is equivalent to an 84% markup!

Retail credit cards sometimes have benefits that may be worth it to consumers who frequently shop at the store and pay the balance off in full every month. Many of these cards come with perks like store discounts, special sales and rewards for cardholders. But miss one payment one month and you run into trouble on most of these credit cards.

Below are the retail credit cards to steer clear of, according to the CreditCards.com survey:

1. Zales has up to a 28.99% APR.
2. Office Depot Personal Credit Card has a 27.99% APR.
3. Staples Personal Account has a 27.99% APR.
4. My Best Buy has up to 25.24% and 27.99% APR, depending on your credit score.
5. My Best Buy Preferred has a 25.24% and 27.99% APR, depending on your credit score.

Bottom line: Retail credit cards are a bad idea for anyone who does not pay their balance off in full every month, because the interest rates are so exorbitant.

If you are in a financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/don-t-credit-cards-5-134815527.html