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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Is your credit card company charging you unnecessary "balance" insurance?

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"Look After the Pennies and the dollars will look after themselves"!

That is a mantra that I have preached on these pages and, once again, it will prove it's worth to you if you take this simple suggestion to save yourself "thousands" of dollars on your credit card bills.

The truth about credit card balance insurance. - If you have recently obtained a credit card, you probably have unwittingly purchased this insurance and it will cost you literally thousands of dollars over years. (On average approx $300 per year) Many of you don't even know that you have this insurance, or that the premium is being included in your credit card balance every month, unless of course, you are watching your pennies.

Here it is in a nutshell! When you apply for a credit card, and you are approved, you may or may not hear the selling agent say to you that there is included a "one month free" premium for "balance insurance"! It will usually be blurted out quietly, almost as an after thought along with the caveat that it can be canceled with a phone call. In 95% of these case, it is completely unnecessary and here is why!

Firstly, it is not balance insurance. It is "payment" insurance. You must lose your job to collect on this insurance. Then, it only pays your "monthly payments" and not your balance. For instance, if you lose your job and have a balance of, let's say, $5,000, the insurance will pay your monthly payment until you are again gainfully employed. However, credit card policy stipulates that, if you don't pay off your balance every month, they will charge interest (often 19% or more) on the "entire balance". In other words, that interest will probably add more onto your card than the insurance paid off "and" it is repeated again the next month.

This, coupled with the Nonsense of keeping a credit card balance , will cost you dearly over time. Banks and credit card companies brag to their shareholders about making billions from this lucrative insurance. However, it is only lucrative for them, and not for you. Do yourself a big favor right now.

Call your card company and ask if you are paying for this insurance. If you feel you don't need it ( everyone's circumstance is different) Cancel it immediately and then, if you are as incensed about it as you should be, demand they pay you back every sent of the premiums you paid without knowing you were even paying them. Your retirefund demands it!

They may or may not pay you back, but with the millions who are unwittingly paying for this service that most don't need and didn't ask for, it is usually cheaper for the card company to just pay back the 1% who demand their money back and keep the controversy to a minimum. They make a lot more money that way.

"Look after the pennies, and the dollars will look after themselves"!

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