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October 01, 2007 | Updated on October 01, 2007
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Credit Card Applications That Kick the Habit of Impulsive Shopping

We must admit that shopping is one of those wonder-working things that make our lives better. Variety is the spice of life and actually we like it. But some of us have that much talked-about habit of buying the things that we do not really need. With the development of credit card system it became easier to indulge our desires. And according to the survey of American shoppers of all ages, almost half of them make impulsive decisions when they shop around. Oddly enough, your credit card application may shake off this bad habit.

Perhaps, it is somewhere in our DNA, for it's so hard to resist this temptation of impulsive purchasing. "It's so foolish! When you come to the supermarket for bread and cheese and as if by magic your hand cart is full of some lovely stuff. I can't do anything about it!" says Christine Monessen, 24. "And the most annoying thing is that I have only myself to blame for this!"

Really, impulse shoppers acknowledge the fact that very often they overspend. Unfortunately, they feel guilty when the evidence of their fault is obvious, i.e. when they take a look at their credit card bills. Psychologists may give you sound advice how to control your spur-of-the-moment decisions and credit card issuers help to bring it into action.

If you have regular twinges of remorse, it's high time to take efforts for defeating this impulsive nature of yours. Like many other addictions, this one requires a sense of responsibility and the iron discipline. Secured credit cards may help you to develop healthy financial habits.

First of all, it will prevent you from overspending. This type of card is secured with a deposit. In other words, credit card limit of your card cannot exceed the amount of your deposit. So, you won't be able to spend more than you have on your account.

Besides, it's a good beginning for customers with no or bad credit history. Unfortunately, a habit of impulsive shopping can ruin your credit history as well. Applying for this card, you turn over a new leaf in your life and in your credit history too.

As a rule, this bad habit may result in credit card debts. And you will face even more difficulties. Even prudent customers get into trouble and fall into debts. As for impulsive shoppers, they store up their troubles and what they really need to is dealing with the problem as soon as it possible. One of the possible solutions of debt problems is applying for balance transfer credit cards.

It's a good option if you decide to put an end to poor financial habits. But keep in mind, it's a very effective if proper used. Balance transfer credit cards are good for paying off your debts, not for making purchases. Otherwise, you will face pretty high interest rates and it may cause even greater troubles with your funds.

If you think that impulsive shopping happens to be your habit, take steps to get out of this bad habit and your plastic may do you a good turn if you apply for the right one.

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