What's the difference between Cash, Credit or Debit?
Summer is upon us (finally!) While you are lazing away the day at the beach or the lake the last thing you want to think about is how you’re going to pay for that precious time. Before you head out take a few minutes to review your different payment types.
Cash: Cash is convenient. If you are traveling within your home country, there’s no worry to find a bank or ATM. But…cash is a very high security risk. It can be easily stolen or lost. Once this happens it cannot be replaced.
Debit Cards: Debit cards are very easy to use. They can be swiped at stores, restaurants, etc. They can be used at ATM’s to get cash. But…debit cards carry their own types of risk. Being attached to your checking account, debit cards run a high risk of fraud due to stolen cards or card numbers.
Travelers Checks: Travelers checks are very secure. They come with all the benefits of cash with the exception that they can be replaced if lost or stolen. But…travelers checks are not as easy to use as they use to be because a lot of business no longer accept them.
Prepaid Travel Cards: Work like a debit or credit card. Not being attached to an actual account this option is much safer, so if fraud occurs only the balance on the card can be compromised. But…there are usually many fees associated with pre-paid cards.
Credit Cards: Easy to use and accepted most everywhere. But…you will pay interest on any amount spent and have a spending limit.
Many people take at least two or three payment options when they travel just in case one should fail. If you are unsure what the best option for you is contact the Credit Union and discuss the pros and cons of each payment type.