It’s six months after the holiday season and many people are still carrying credit card balances from holiday shopping sprees. Did you overspend buying Christmas gifts for friends and family? Have you been sending just the minimum payments to your credit cards since Christmas? It’s not unusual for holiday shoppers to spend a year or two after each holiday season trying to pay off their holiday debts, but the cost of financing your purchases on credit for this length of time is staggering.
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For women, it may be the latest pair of beautiful shoes. For guys, it may be a box of favorite cigars. Either way, the “buy now pay later mentality” that most Americans have means pulling out the plastic and worrying about how they are going to pay for the purchases later. When you learn how much that pair of shoes or box of cigars truly costs you if you don’t pay off your credit card bill in full at the end of the month, you may no longer think that purchase was worth it.