Why you should never be without a credit card

I previously wrote about some credit card debt I am poised to pay off (since the 0% interest period is coming to an end). Upon doing so, I was planning to do without a credit card for a while- at least until Apple Card launches here in the UK (Daily Cash representing 2% cashback on all purchases sounds amazing). But a colleague recently reminded me of an important reason you should always have a credit card at your disposal. In order to explain, allow me to retell his story…

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I’m in £9,000 of debt

“Debt” is a word that can spark many different emotions in us. A basic rate taxpayer in debt by anything over £1,000 is likely to feel anything ranging from anxiety and shame, right through to apathy derived from a “well, what can I do?” conclusion on the matter.

Recently, the news that reality TV star Mike Thalassitis committed suicide partly due to his mounting debts has been a stark reminder that debt can sadly take some people to the darkest of places, and destroy lives.

What follows is my own personal experience of debt which I preface by saying has been managed very carefully…

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