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3026 clicks; posted to Business » on 31 Mar 2013 at 12:41 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-03-31 12:06:12 PM
I'll go start my own credit card, with hookers and blackjack.
 
2013-03-31 12:24:28 PM
FTFAMedical bills. Treatment costs for the uninsured can be staggering, but that is no reason to turn to credit cards as a means of finance. Ideally, the uninsured should shop around before seeking treatment, but that is not always possible. But even after receiving the bill, most providers will be able to adjust their rates and offer payment plans with little or no interest.

Haha, yeah.  I've had to do this.  Shop around, sure - can't do that so easily when it is urgent.  Negotiate with the provider?  Did that, knocked it down to something that was actually POSSIBLE to put on the card, but no payment plan with the provider was an option.

7 years later, we are finally making our last payments to get ourselves clear of that debt.  Sucks when insurance doesn't cover your needs.
 
2013-03-31 02:07:25 PM
Do not write a hooker a check.  If you do, make sure you have sufficient funds.

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2013-03-31 02:24:54 PM
But even after receiving the bill, most providers will be able to adjust their rates and offer payment plans with little or no interest.

I have a bill from local hospital for $1,050.  If I pay it in full on my credit card they give me a 15% discount or $157.50.  Which I pay off next month.  So, Yahoo is recommending that I incur an extra $157.50???

We have some friends who would pay tuition on their credit card just for the airline miles.

/ Headline was better than the article.
 
2013-03-31 02:36:11 PM
What kind of hooker takes Visa?

And where does she swipe the card?

And can I watch her process payment?
 
2013-03-31 03:50:46 PM
Nothing.
Banks are the new mafia.
 
2013-03-31 06:24:42 PM
I lived with a guy who took out a 2000-quid loan to go play poker.  He didn't buy my argument that gambling on credit is a bad idea.
 
2013-03-31 09:16:18 PM
Don't put your vacation on a credit card?  What, you want me to put my deposits and reservations on my debit card?  I find it much easier to take the credit card with me on vacation and  not worry about my real accounts, then just move the money from the vacation fund to the credit card after I get home.
 
2013-03-31 11:21:42 PM
I put pretty much everything on a credit card.  Then at the end of the month I pay the bill.  It's a thousand times easier than dealing with a checkbook and virtually all cards have various buyer protection plans that come in handy when something doesn't go right.
 
The only thing you shouldn't put on a credit card is a payment that's less than the full amount due.
 
2013-04-01 12:05:26 AM

Omnivorous: But even after receiving the bill, most providers will be able to adjust their rates and offer payment plans with little or no interest.

I have a bill from local hospital for $1,050.  If I pay it in full on my credit card they give me a 15% discount or $157.50.  Which I pay off next month.  So, Yahoo is recommending that I incur an extra $157.50???

We have some friends who would pay tuition on their credit card just for the airline miles.

/ Headline was better than the article.


I had an Amex (I know I know annual fee and all that) that I had for 20 years.  I was finishing my PhD outside my full time job (which just happened to be at the university) and their online payment system would only accept Discover and Amex.  No Visa and Mastercard. Weird but true.  The other was to put a routing number, account number in for a check.  I don't remember the exact scenario but do remember the miles program.  I decided to put my last semester's tuition on the card (only like $1500 since I received an employee discount on the tuition).  Yeah Amex denied the transaction.  I called them up and cancelled right there.  They said "send us a payment and we'll let the transaction go through" to which I said "yeah but I just paid you $4000.  I bought Christmas presents, had some airlines travel, a hotel, etc and I just paid you".  Them:  "yeah but there is a balance now again because of recent purchases".  Me: "uhh yeah it's a 'points' program.  Those purchases haven't even statemented yet".  Them:  "no pay no purchase".  Me:  "yeah close the account you bastards".
 
Somewhere in a risk formula was "paying tuition is high risk".  To give equal time it was Jan 2009 only a month or so after the financial collapse.  They had probably a little bit of risk on their hands to deal with.
 
2013-04-01 12:56:17 AM
In some ways putting your tuition on a credit card instead of taking out low interest loans seems like a good idea, a credit card debt can be discharged in the event of a Bankruptcy... a student loan not so much.
 
2013-04-01 04:15:23 AM

Mr. Eugenides: I put pretty much everything on a credit card.  Then at the end of the month I pay the bill.  It's a thousand times easier than dealing with a checkbook and virtually all cards have various buyer protection plans that come in handy when something doesn't go right.
 
The only thing you shouldn't put on a credit card is a payment that's less than the full amount due.


You're one of the rare smart ones. Good for you mate.
 
2013-04-01 12:31:12 PM
Don't put any of these things on a credit card unless you're planning to pay it off straight away.
 
2013-04-01 01:58:27 PM

golem222: In some ways putting your tuition on a credit card instead of taking out low interest loans seems like a good idea, a credit card debt can be discharged in the event of a Bankruptcy... a student loan not so much.


This is what I was thinking.  But if you are planning on being responsible and paying it off, you'll pay a shiatload more in interest.

Mr. Eugenides: I put pretty much everything on a credit card.  Then at the end of the month I pay the bill.  It's a thousand times easier than dealing with a checkbook and virtually all cards have various buyer protection plans that come in handy when something doesn't go right.
 
The only thing you shouldn't put on a credit card is a payment that's less than the full amount due.


This what we do.  Gets us a crap load of points, you just have to keep up with it.
 
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