The cultural perception is that credit cards are just normal and okay. Unfortunately, they can be too flexible for their own good. Credit cards are not unlike small loans at all. They should be perceived as such, especially to avoid some often financially catastrophic spirals of debt.
Credit cards are flexible and changing by the current allocation of the card. It is a loan that can be added to and extended often, and that can be a rather dangerous proposal. Take, for example, a typical mortgage loan or student debt. (more…)