Category Archives: debt

The Secret History of the Credit Card


From PBS Frontline: The Secret History of the Credit Card


  • Ever wondered why you send your credit card payments to South Dakota instead of Wall Street?
  • Why credit card companies are able to change the rate of interest on stuff you already bought?
  • Why your credit card can raise its interest rate because you were late on another company’s credit card?
These questions and more are answered in a 2004 PBS Frontline Documentary The Secret History of the Credit Card

If you’re struggling with credit card debt, give me a call at 918 582-6131 or send me an email (fbcallicoat@gmail.com). My vocation is helping people find financial peace of mind in their lives by eliminating debt. Don’t let debt destroy your family’s peace. FBC





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Frugal Living

Here’s a local TV News segment on a local couple who have learned to live within their means. How?

Driving older, paid-for cars; eating at home; paying off credit cards, and perhaps most important of all: saving money.

Good for them — exactly the sort of “pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps” recipe I recommend to my clients.

Watch the video for the financial experts — one of whom cautions that we shouldn’t go too far with this sort of thing. (Hah! What nonsense. Take care of your family first; the economy will take care of itself.)

It made me think of a book I listened to a couple years ago entitled, The Millionaire Next Door.

In that book two academics systematically studied the habits of real millionaires around the country and found that by and large, they lived VERY frugal lives — driving older cars, not borrowing money, saving, and not living ostentatiously. Nelson Bunker Hunt – the silver speculator and billionaire was famous for flying coach (first class was too expensive, he thought). More recently, Warren Buffet is also known for his very frugal lifestyle.

Want to be rich? It’s pretty simple. Do as the rich do. Don’t borrow money. Don’t waste money. Most important of all: save, save, save.

Want to be poor like everyone else? Just keep doing what you’re doing.

FBC

Kudos to Scott Thompson, the NewsOn6, and of course, the Ball family.