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Goodbye credit, hello debit

Americans love their debit cards. In fact, according to VISA, the whole world does. Last year for the first time, debit card use surpassed credit card use across the globe.

It's no wonder why. Debit cards are very convenient -- no cash to count, no interest charges to pay. But it's not always the best choice when making a purchase. Here's why.

 

 
Know your debit card
The ins and outs of debit cards

Here's what you need to know before swiping your debit card.

 
When a debit card is lost or stolen

What to do if your card goes MIA.

Plus: 12 tips for responsible use of debit cards
 
Test your debit-card IQ

Do you have what it takes to go completely cashless? Take our test and find out.

 
Not all plastic is created equal
Debit cards lack protections of credit cards

Disputing a charge or purchase? You won't get the same backing that you do with a credit card.

 
Debit cards offer convenience -- and confusion

What you don't know can cost you.

 
Debit cards can save money

You won't pay any interest or build up a balance of debt.

 

 

Bankrate.com's corrections policy
-- Posted: May 13, 2004
 
   
 
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