Carrying a balance on your credit card can put you in a sticky situation. Paying all that interest isn’t exactly peanuts, and dealing with credit card bills every month can leave you feeling roasted.
You know what’s nuts? We keep spending. Sure, credit card companies are crafty at finding ways to get you to pay with plastic. Reward programs, cash back gifts, and zero balance transfers are all lip smacking offers designed to get into your psyche and entice you to tap credit.
It’s time to stop being shell-shocked by these trickster ways.
Want to put a lid on your credit card spending? I have a smooth (or crunchy) solution to this gobsmacking problem.
Warning: Results may include tasty savings, and a few nuts.
Ingredients for credit card savings:
- 1 small jar of peanut butter, $1.98 (OR Try my homemade peanut butter recipe)
- 1 strong plastic baggie, $0.02
- All of your credit cards
TOTAL COST: This $2 recipe could save you thousands. Try my Credit Card Calculator to see how much costly interest you’ll save.
Prevent credit card overspending with this nutty trick.
STEP ONE: Be brave. Gather all your credit cards.
STEP TWO: Wrap those pieces of plastic in a strong baggie. Seal shut.
STEP THREE: Submerge that spending mess into a tasty jar of peanut butter.
This is hard, I know. So take a lunch break — munching on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich should do the trick.
You can do it! Keep pushing those pesky credit cards deeper into the nutty butter.
STEP FOUR: Make a face on top of that expensive mess to ward off temptation. If you open that jar, you’ll see ‘Mr. Sad’ staring back at you.
STEP FIVE: Put a lid on it. Twist cap on tight to prevent future spending sprees.
STEP SIX: Refrigerate. An open jar of natural peanut butter needs to be cooled, along with your credit consumption.
Results will vary, but you’d have to be nuts to retrieve that gooey mess for a costly splurge.
Your Turn: How do you curb credit card spending?