Your credit card rate might be lowered

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by Free4Life11, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Free4Life11

    Free4Life11 DIS Cast Member<br><font color=red>I just have to

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    I can say this is TRUE. I had a Chase card (that was previously a Wamu card) and they lowered one of my rates by 5%...it's saving me $40 a month. :banana:

    To digress...while the bank may be crying over the reform law and are now trying to screw with debit cards, THEY raised the rates of nearly 91 - 121 million cards because of the "poor economy" NOT the reform law. I'm so sick of hearing how the reform law hurts consumers...consumers got screwed WELL before this reform law went into effect!
     
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  3. jackskellingtonsgirl

    jackskellingtonsgirl <marquee><font color=deeppink>Jello Shot Chick</ma

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    Chase dropped my APR by 4% for no apparent reason. :thumbsup2
     
  4. Reddy

    Reddy Scrapbooker

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    hmmm I'll have to check my next bill
     
  5. Purseval

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    Who cares? Pay off your balance every month and the interest rate doesn't matter.
     
  6. Charade

    Charade <font color=royalblue>I'm the one on the LEFT side

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    Aside from the bit of snarkiness ;), no one is forcing (the majority) of people to run up their credit card debt. Credit cards are, for the most part, not necessary (unless you want to rent a car for example). The key is to be responsible with it because abuse or overuse, while very easy to do, can and will get you in trouble.

    Having said that, what I don't like is, but accept it because I continue to use my CCs, is CC issuers (Amex for example) giving a grace period before charging interest unless you carry that balance over into the next month. Then they charge you interest on the current charges as well as the existing balance. So to avoid this, we pay off the balance of our SPG every month.
     
  7. Free4Life11

    Free4Life11 DIS Cast Member<br><font color=red>I just have to

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    Obviously not you and your high horse, but people who have a balance and are working to pay it off care. I can tell you must be a joy to be around in real life. :rolleyes:
     
  8. leadfootlevi

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    What is SPG?
     
  9. Charade

    Charade <font color=royalblue>I'm the one on the LEFT side

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    American Express Starwood Preferred Guest. It's a great rewards card!
     
  10. keishashadow

    keishashadow Proud Redhead...yes, I have some bananas!

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    i've worked in the industry, haven't seen reduced rate offer that applies to existing credit card balance, typically only for new purchases. Existing balance will carry the old rate and the that higher rate balance could likely be the last to be satisfied after the change in terms.

    read the written disclosure as to other account terms that could be change via acceptance of the new rate. believe it or not you have the right to opt out or even cancel if rate increases & continue to pay it off as agreed under old terms.

    Many times reducing interest rate on a card will switch you to a prime+ vs a fixed rate. Prime is low now, but if the economy rebounds it will segue back up quickly and you could be in worse position if you do carry a balance.
     
  11. CowboyCO

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    Discover lowered my rate from from 29.99%:scared1::scared1: to 6%!
     
  12. Free4Life11

    Free4Life11 DIS Cast Member<br><font color=red>I just have to

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    Thanks for the info. In my case I had a balance transfer check offer that I used and did not pay off that balance before it expired. That balance was at a rate of 21.24% variable, they lowered it to 16.24% to match my purchase APR.
     
  13. Telcogirl

    Telcogirl Born to vacation.......forced to work

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    Way to NOT add any value to a post!
     
  14. Planogirl

    Planogirl I feel the nerd in me stirring

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    Those who pay off their balances every month should be grateful for those who don't. Sadly if the banks didn't get all of that interest they'd have to find another way to make money.
     
  15. Purseval

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    So you do something silly like use your credit card to buy $100 worth of groceries then celebrate the fact that it will take you 22 months to pay it off instead of 24 :banana:

    People without debt usually are. Perhaps not as exciting as thinking about which creditors to dodge but fun nonetheless.
    Yes and no. People who don't pay their balances subsidize those who do but people who don't pay their balances, roll up massive debts then default cost everybody in more fees, even the ones who do pay up on time.

    And if more people managed their cards responsibly they could charge less interest for everyone.
     
  16. Charade

    Charade <font color=royalblue>I'm the one on the LEFT side

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    They'd still be able to collect transaction fees. If they didn't collect all that interest, many of the rewards cards would be gone. I don't take comfort knowing that others not paying their balances off monthly benefit me. It's the "Circle of Life".
     
  17. Purseval

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    I would love to see data showing that people not paying off their balances is a net benefit for consumers as a whole. The average debt load for an American family surely can't be a good thing. America's debt as a nation is heading off a cliff.
     
  18. keishashadow

    keishashadow Proud Redhead...yes, I have some bananas!

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    that is rare, congrats:)
     
  19. Free4Life11

    Free4Life11 DIS Cast Member<br><font color=red>I just have to

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    Yes exactly. Having a lowered interest rate means someone can pay off their debt faster. It's not really complicated, that's a good thing for anyone who is paying off a balance.

    I'm sure they are, but what does carrying a balance have to do with dodging creditors?
     
  20. bettymae1121

    bettymae1121 sure. fine. whatever.

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    I hope you're not implying that everyone that carries a balance on their CC's also don't pay their bills on time, because that is certainly not the case.

    People carry consumer debt for a lot of reasons, and it's not always due to irresponsible spending. Even if it is, so what? As long as the don't default on the debt, it's no one else's problem and quite frankly no one else's business. And the vast majority of those with consumer debt, pay at least the minimum and pay it on time.

    I plan on being consumer debt free by mid 2012, however I certainly have no plans to feel superior to those still in debt, even those that are in debt due to poor spending choices.
     
  21. deezeealum

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    Citi lowered ours from 28% to 7.5% :cool1::
     

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