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  • GREENBACK
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    I don't think the emphasis on rewards cards has been stated enough. We responsible CC users understand the potential risks involved with using these financial tools but I, like many here, reap substancial rewards for using our CC's and not carrying a balance. There is risk in everything you do financially. Just cause you use cash doesn't mean you assume no risk. If you buy a T.V or a kitchen appliance with cash but can't swing that electric bill at the end of the month, I'd say you made a risky choice. How's that different from the CC user?

    Banks realize that there are irresponsible people who can't properly handle a CC account. That's the game they play but I don't see any inherent risk with using a CC card. Again I'll state that the method of payment doesn't automatically create a risk.

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  • littleroc02us
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    Originally posted by jpg7n16 View Post
    1) This post of your's is waaaaaay off topic for the thread we're in, as we're discussing CCs - not mortgages

    You asked me for an example of risk.

    2) You forget that the mortgage buyer can sell his investments, to prolong his family's ability to cover expenses while out of work. Add another 41.55 months to the mortgage buyers timeframe, which discounts any recovery in investments and real estate over that time frame (which we know markets have rebounded, extending the time he could be out of work)

    Are you sure you read the post, I showed how much he would have to take out of his EF, Roth and investments, it's all there and the math. I was using a 2 year time limit, because it shows the huge hit a mortgage borrower takes vs. the cash guy. And the point is in how much money the mortgage buyer would have lost vs. the cash buyer and the sustainability, plus the cash buyer could sell his house for 150k and have that to live off of, whereas the mortgage guy only had 49k left and that's it. Do realize that is all he'd have because his mortgage is under water. So I'm not sure where your getting these numbers, but their incorrect. Show me correction in my math then.


    So the cash buyer would be forced to sell his home after 16.5 months (cannot borrow against home as he has no income), and the mortgage buyer would have 50 months. How is that riskier?

    Wrong, I did the math above. In the 2 years that I laid out in the post, he would only have to touch his EF and 10.5k of his Roth IRA principle. Ahhhh, he could sell it for 150k.... Which would give the cash buyer another 100 months, I think he could live off that. If the mortgage buyer sold all of his remaining investments and have nothing left it would only last him around another 16 months at most because of taxes which only is around 40 months total vs. 100 months for the cash buyer.
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    4) In your example, the adverse affects to the mortgage buyer were due to real estate risk and market risk - not debt risk. Had he invested his additional $160k cash in a money market account, he would still be much better off than the cash buyer. Ergo - the consequences were not due to his mortgage (aka debt), but due to his investment choices. (a $200k investment in real estate and a $160k investment in the stock market)
    So you as an investor would have kept the money in a money market instead of the possibility of getting better returns in the stock market. Is that really how you invest? I made the comparison apples to apples except how they paid for the mortgage.
    Last edited by littleroc02us; 03-29-2011, 01:24 PM.

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  • jpg7n16
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    Originally posted by littleroc02us View Post
    My wife and I went to Becker liquidation sale and bought furniture, we dealt strictly in cash and walked away. There wasn't a check it was cash, you know cash. How do I get a late payment on cash?
    Checks are cash equivalents. Debit cards automatically reduce bank balances.

    Physical cash can be stolen from you in the parking lot outside Becker - with no recourse. If someone steals your credit card, you can call and cancel it - and be reimbursed for any fraudulent charges. People could give you counterfeit bills that turn out to be worthless. etc.

    Seems like carrying cash is risky.

    As for David Ramsey, yes he does tell you to stop saving if you lose a job and stock up with cash. He even tells you to stop paying your credit cards until you stock up cash to settle at a later time. This is what I have responded to posts with in the past.
    I know he does. But if the debt was the risk in losing your job, why doesn't he keep trying to eliminate the debt??

    Could it be because the real risk in losing your job is not having debt, but running out of cash for food?

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  • jpg7n16
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    Originally posted by littleroc02us View Post
    Here's an example:

    Say you had two responsible users,both married and have jobs where they make family combined incomes of 60k and both bought a $200,000 house with a 30 year @ 5.00% interest rate in 2006
    1) This post of your's is waaaaaay off topic for the thread we're in, as we're discussing CCs - not mortgages

    2) You forget that the mortgage buyer can sell his investments, to prolong his family's ability to cover expenses while out of work. Add another 41.55 months to the mortgage buyers timeframe, which discounts any recovery in investments and real estate over that time frame (which we know markets have rebounded, extending the time he could be out of work)

    So the cash buyer would be forced to sell his home after 16.5 months (cannot borrow against home as he has no income), and the mortgage buyer would have 50 months. How is that riskier?

    3) The effect of mortgage vs investing has already been covered in this thread here: http://www.savingadvice.com/forums/p...down-plan.html

    4) In your example, the adverse affects to the mortgage buyer were due to real estate risk and market risk - not debt risk. Had he invested his additional $160k cash in a money market account, he would still be much better off than the cash buyer. Ergo - the consequences were not due to his mortgage (aka debt), but due to his investment choices. (a $200k investment in real estate and a $160k investment in the stock market)

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  • littleroc02us
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    Originally posted by LivingAlmostLarge View Post
    DC are way more riskier. A lot of people just swipe their cards and don't track their spending and then they overdraft. It's way MORE likely when it's a couple and both of them are spending on the same account. Overdraft galore. Super easy to do.
    That is true, but if you use and envelope system you can only spend what's in it and it's straight cash homey. (like Randy Moss says) There is no chance of overdrafting if you simply tie your savings account to your checking account for that purpose like my credit union does.

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  • littleroc02us
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    Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
    I've been away from the boards lately but my, what a fine discussion this has become.

    littleroc02us, needless to say I firmly disagree with you. In your multiple examples, you are creating risk where it doesn't really exist. By my definition of "financially responsible", a person would have an EF, spend within their means and pay their bills on time. Somebody who doesn't do these things isn't responsible and shouldn't be using a credit card at all. I'd agree completely on that point.

    Dave Ramsey, who I am a fan of as I've said before, deals primarily with irresponsible people. Because of that, he needs to tailor his advice to the irresponsible. He doesn't talk about how responsible people behave and handle money. That doesn't apply to the vast majority of his readers and listeners.

    While we don't need a kitchen table, we did just purchase a new freezer last week so let's use that example. The process went like this. Over a 2-day period, we visited 6 or 7 appliance stores to shop around and find the best price for a freezer that met our needs. Then we went back to the store with the best deal, bought the freezer and paid for it with our rewards credit card. Including tax and delivery, it came to about $480. I could have paid cash but saw no reason to forgo the rewards. The price of the freezer wasn't going to change. We were going to spend the exact same amount no matter how we paid. So passing up the rewards simply made no sense.

    Fortunately, neither of us have lost our jobs since making that purchase last week but what if we had? Well, the money for that freezer is already in our possession. Unlike the irresponsible, we don't use the card to buy things that we can't afford or don't yet have the money for. So even with a job loss, we still would have had absolutely no problem paying the bill. In fact, I could have come home and gone online that very day and paid the bill if I wanted to.

    What about death or disability? Maybe I got in an accident on the way home from the store. If I was injured and couldn't work, our EF is more than adequate to pay all of our regular expenses and the cost of this freezer. Plus I have disability insurance. If I died, that EF would still be there as would the $1.5 million in life insurance that my wife would receive. I don't think the $480 freezer bill would be an issue.

    I can't come up with any possible scenario where we'd be unable to pay that credit card bill in full and on time.

    Let me tell you a quick story that illustrates the difference between a responsible individual like myself and most of the folks who call into Dave's show. In February 2000, I was fed up with my job. My wife and I discussed it and agreed that I should quit, so I did. I had no work lined up and had no idea what the future held but I wasn't staying at that job another day.

    I ended up being out of work for about 2-1/2 months. I wasn't stressed. I honestly didn't even make a whole lot of effort to find another job. I was enjoying the down time. In fact, I came downstairs one Tuesday morning soon after leaving the job and asked DW if she'd like to go to Disney World. She said, "Sure. When?" I said, "How about Saturday?" Sure enough, 4 days later we left for a 10-day trip to Disney World. A couple of weeks after we returned from that trip, we went to Las Vegas for a week for a professional conference that I had scheduled prior to leaving my job.

    We continued to use our credit cards regularly throughout the period of unemployment. And we continued to pay the bills in full and on time throughout the period of unemployment. How? With our emergency fund and savings. A 2-1/2 month job loss didn't even make a dent in our ability to maintain our lifestyle and enjoy ourselves.

    Certainly, I realize that many people aren't so fortunate. But for those of us who are, using a credit card simply doesn't create any risk that isn't already there.
    The point I was trying to make with my example that no one is getting is that no one person is perfect, no matter how responsible they are with money, mistakes are made and can cause a problem by borrowing someone elses money. If you paid for cash on something the deal is done and you move on, there are no interest rates, papers to sign, bills to pay, your done. It seems to me that no one on this forum has ever messed up in finances and had to pay stupid tax on a mistake they made. If none of you ever have, well then your perfect.

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  • littleroc02us
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    Originally posted by JoshuaHeckathorn View Post
    How is the person in your example a "responsible" credit card user if he/she forgets to pay the bill? A responsible card user would set up automatic payments before leaving on vacation and would probably double check online just to make sure the payment went through.

    I'll agree with you though...it's risky to use a credit card if you forget to pay bills on time and live paycheck to paycheck. If that's you, stick with cash.
    So no one in their entire life has ever made a mistake and forgotten to pay a bill or came up short that month?

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  • littleroc02us
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    Originally posted by jpg7n16 View Post
    Okay let me give you an example so you can see why:

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    Therefore paying with cash is risky. RISK!!!

    Isn't that what you're trying to say?

    No, because


    Debt doesn't equal risk. Debt is just debt. There is risk in paying with debt, there is risk in not paying with debt - therefore, debt isn't the source of the risk.

    Thanks for avoiding my Dave Ramsey question by the way - if you were able to answer it, you'd see why debt doesn't equal risk.
    My wife and I went to Becker liquidation sale and bought furniture, we dealt strictly in cash and walked away. There wasn't a check it was cash, you know cash. How do I get a late payment on cash?

    As for David Ramsey, yes he does tell you to stop saving if you lose a job and stock up with cash. He even tells you to stop paying your credit cards until you stock up cash to settle at a later time. This is what I have responded to posts with in the past.

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  • jpg7n16
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    Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
    That's not entirely true. Most disability policies have a waiting period. Mine have either a 60 or 90 day wait and you don't actually get the check on day 61 or 91. That's just when they begin the payment process. So realistically, I wouldn't see a penny from disability for nearly 3 months. But that's part of what my EF is for.
    For long term disability yes, but for short term - like a sudden illness, it's usually less than that.

    And yes, you should have a 3-6 month EF in place , and this risk would be managed.

    From: Disability Income Protection Advice from MetLife

    Short-Term Disability
    Short-term disability benefits are often included as part of an employee benefits package. Short-term disability plans replace income for the early period of a disability. In general, the plans provide benefits that range from as little as two weeks up to two years. Plans often have a waiting period, sometimes called an elimination period. The waiting period is the period of time, after you become disabled until your benefits begin.

    Short-term disability waiting periods are usually 0 to 14 days. For example, if you have short-term disability coverage with a 14-day waiting period, and a disability keeps you from working for three weeks, you will receive benefits for the third week of your disability, but not for weeks one and two. Those two weeks are the waiting period, during which benefits are not paid.

    Long-Term Disability Insurance

    As with short-term disability plans, your employer may provide long-term disability coverage. Benefits help replace income for an extended period, often five years or until the disabled person turns 65. Plans with longer benefit periods are more expensive. These plans can have different waiting periods, typically 60, 90, 180, or 365 days.

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  • littleroc02us
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    Originally posted by jpg7n16 View Post


    Your example says nothing about the 'risk' of debt, and only says about the risk of not paying your bills on time. Which has nothing to do with debt.
    Here's an example:

    Say you had two responsible users,both married and have jobs where they make family combined incomes of 60k and both bought a $200,000 house with a 30 year @ 5.00% interest rate in 2006 at the top of the market, one paid cash for their house and the other decided to pay their mortgage monthly and invest the rest. Both users bring home 3600k a month and have no other debt. The mortgage borrower put 20% down to avoid pmi which was 40k. So his 30 year is based off of 160k with taxes his monthly payment would be $1067.25 a month. Other expenses during the month including insurance, food, gas, and entertainment add up to 1500k.
    At the end of each month:

    cash buyer would have: $3600-1500-200(taxes)=$1900 disposable cash.

    Mortgage buyer would have: $3600-$2567.25=$1032.75 disposable cash.

    Two years go by and the housing market is tanking and housing values have dropped 25% (That’s what my house dropped during the housing crash), the stock market has lost 35% (Vanguard Statistics on a 2 year period with an index fund that has done well since inception 8.5%) and both persons have lost their jobs. Where would these guys be at within 24 months from when they purchased their homes and how long could they last without jobs.

    Cash buyer:
    Would have saved: $44,600 and the house would be worth $150,000.
    Roth IRA’s=$20,000 for 2 years (Lost $7,000 due to market crash, leaving $13,000)
    Savings: $44,600 - $20,000 (Roth IRA’s)= $24,600 in savings/EF fund.

    Net worth = $13,000 (Roth IRA) + $150,000 (House value) + $24,600 (EF fund) = $187,600

    Mortgage buyer:

    Would have saved: $24,768 and the house is now worth $150,000 due to the market, but the owner still owes $155,158.06 and is under water. He has paid $15,772.01 in interest and receives $3,930.50 back from the IRS.
    Roths IRA’s=$20,000 for 2 years (Lost $7,000 due to market crash, leaving $13,000)
    House: Underwater by $5,158.06 due to bust in the housing market
    160k (cash) + $3,930.50 (Irs rebate) + $24,768 (savings) – $24,600 (savings/EF fund same as above) =$164098.50 total to invest
    Other Investments=$164,098.50 (Lost $57,434.48 due to market crash, leaving $106,664.02)

    Networth = $13,000(Roth IRA’s) + $106,664.02 - $5,158.06 (underwater house) = $114505.96

    So how long does each individual last if he cannot find another job within 2 years off his net worth.
    Remember monthly expenses for the cash buyer is $1,500 and $2,567.25 for the mortgage buyer.

    1. The cash buyer can live off his EF fund for 16.4 months.
    2. The mortgage buyer can live off his EF fund for 9.58 months.
    • Both have the same EF fund of $24,600

    So now the mortgage guy after 9 months has to start tapping in to his Roth’s IRA principles which was $20,000. He can take that out tax free and it will allow him to last another 7.79 months. So now he’s at 17 months and still has 7 months to go to make 2 years. What does he tap next? Now he has to start selling his other investments which will be taxed at 15% on pulling out your investments. He will need to pull out $20,666.36 to cover 7 months living expenses and 15% longterm tax.
    The cash buyer will need to tap his Roth IRA’s for 7 months which would be around $10,500 tax free because it’s just principle.

    At the 2 year mark the networth of both individuals would be the following:

    Cash buyer: $152,500 networth

    Mortgage buyer: $49,239.60 networth (plus the owner still has an underwater house.)

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  • disneysteve
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    Originally posted by jpg7n16 View Post
    If you had a disability policy in place, the payments would kick in to cover your bills - and no financial damage done.
    That's not entirely true. Most disability policies have a waiting period. Mine have either a 60 or 90 day wait and you don't actually get the check on day 61 or 91. That's just when they begin the payment process. So realistically, I wouldn't see a penny from disability for nearly 3 months. But that's part of what my EF is for.

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  • disneysteve
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    Originally posted by MonkeyMama View Post
    OI can't imagine they would actually stick me with interest and late fees, if I asked for them to be removed the one time in my life I had some emergency and couldn't pay on time.
    Even if I did have to pay a late fee and interest one time, big deal. Yes, it would cost me a few dollars in stupid tax but I'd deserve that, and I have plenty of savings to cover it. It wouldn't create any hardship or impact my ability to pay all of my other bills. It would just cost me some money.

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  • jpg7n16
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    Originally posted by MonkeyMama View Post
    That said, if I did end up in a coma and my spouse or parents couldn't manage to take care of my bills for me or something like that, the credit card companies actually aren't so bad in this area. Generally, they give their on-time paying customers a pass once in a while. I can't imagine they would actually stick me with interest and late fees, if I asked for them to be removed the one time in my life I had some emergency and couldn't pay on time.
    I don't know if they'd do that. Maybe for a 20 year customer

    But then the risks incurred are attributable to temporary disability - not the CC. You could get health or short term and long term disability insurance to mitigate the financial consequences of this risk. If you had a disability policy in place, the payments would kick in to cover your bills - and no financial damage done.

    The risk isn't caused by having the CC.

    Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
    ...using a credit card simply doesn't create any risk that isn't already there.

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  • MonkeyMama
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    One other thing not mentioned.

    Like DisneySteve, I can not imagine a scenario where I could not pay my credit card bill in full. I already stated this has not been an issue in 20 years, and that I don't charge anything I don't already have the cash to pay. I never have charged a dime that I didn't already have in my bank account.

    That said, if I did end up in a coma and my spouse or parents couldn't manage to take care of my bills for me or something like that, the credit card companies actually aren't so bad in this area. Generally, they give their on-time paying customers a pass once in a while. I can't imagine they would actually stick me with interest and late fees, if I asked for them to be removed the one time in my life I had some emergency and couldn't pay on time. The credit cards companies can be pretty nasty, but it is well known they cut on-time paying customers much slack in these situations.
    Last edited by MonkeyMama; 03-29-2011, 11:42 AM.

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  • disneysteve
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    For those who like to pull up those studies that say people spend more with a credit card, restrict your credit card use to bills you'd be paying anyway. Gas, phone bill, cable bill, insurance premiums, school tuition, alarm monitoring, auto repairs and many other expenses can be paid with a credit card with no risk of overspending. The price to fill my gas tank is going to be the same no matter how I pay. The premium for my auto insurance is going to be the same no matter how I pay.

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