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I’m a Credit Card Deadbeat: You Can Be One Too!


I am delighted to say that I am a credit card deadbeat! In fact, some of you might already be credit card deadbeats too, if so, I commend you for your excellent work! Now, as for those who don’t know what a credit card deadbeat is, before you start thinking I have a screw loose, you may want to continue reading!

When I say that I am a credit card deadbeat, I don’t mean that I avoid my credit card bills. To the contrary, a credit card deadbeat is the insider term used by credit card company executives and refers to all of the credit card users who pay off their bill each month promptly; in doing so, such customers pay no interest and prevent the creditor from making any profit! That’s me! I love being a credit card deadbeat!

The alternative to being a credit card deadbeat is what credit card executives call a revolver. A revolver is a credit card user that constantly carries a balance and is charged regular, monthly interest on their charges. Credit card companies love revolvers because they, in essence, increase the bottom line for the credit card company and make them a nice profit. Further, from an insider perspective, the best customers not only carry a balance, but also make their payments late, triggering extra fees and a higher interest rate.

Okay, so I’ve been a credit card deadbeat for awhile now, but last year I went even further in improved my deadbeat ways. Not only did I hang onto my hard earned cash by refusing to line the wallets of the credit card companies, but I also happily lined my own wallet with their money, to the tune of $1,402. Yes, that’s right, they paid me $1,402 to use their cards; continue reading to find out how!

Cash Back Credit Card

First, I applied online for a Cash Back Credit Card and I was instantly approved. My new cash back credit card arrived to my house the following week ready for me to use. This card offered me 0% APR for 12 months and carried no annual fee; With it, I made all of my gas purchases, as well as grocery and drugstore purchases and earned 5% back cash back on the gas purchases and 1% back on all other purchases. I have a family of four and the gas purchases included gas for my spouse’s car as well. My average monthly purchases and cash back earnings were as follows:

Monthly Gas Purchases $325 x .05 = $16.25

Monthly Grocery Bill $1,200 x .01 =$12.00

Monthly Drugstore Purchases $160 x .01 = 1.60

Total Cash Back Earnings From Credit Card $ 29.85 x 12 = $358.20

Airline Rewards Credit Card

I also applied for an airline rewards credit card and again was instantly approved online. Like the cash back credit card, my new airline rewards credit card arrived the following week, came with a 0% introductory APR for 12 months and had no annual fee. This credit card earns 1 frequent flyer mile for every $1 charged.

I charged many of my miscellaneous expenses, including major purchases and business expenses, on my new Airline Rewards Credit Card. As a result, the qualified expenses came to an average of $2,250 monthly or $27,000 for the year, earning 27,000 frequent flyer miles, more than enough for an airline ticket to Hawaii: a $500 value!

0% Introductory APR for 12 Months

Now here’s the kicker. Since both credit cards came with a 0% introductory APR for 12 months, I paid only the minimum payments on each card and placed the money for my purchases into a savings account earning 2.5% (rates have gone up since). Using averages for simplicity, I made 12 monthly deposits of $3,935 into a savings account earning 2.5% interest compounded monthly. By the end of the year, I earned $544 in interest!

My Total Credit Card Earnings for the Year

So here is my total earnings from the cash back credit card, airline rewards card, and interest earned.

Cash Back 12 x 29.85 = $358

Free Airline Ticket $500

Savings Account Interest $544

Total Earned $1,402

Just to make sure I maintain my deadbeat ways, now that the 0% introductory rate has expired, I’ve paid off my balance from the money I deposited into my savings account during the year. To be a credit card deadbeat you need persistence, determination, and discipline. I did it, and so can you!

Money which can be used to buy anything we want, yet which we do not hold, feel and count in our hands. Money which can both save our lives and destroy it. Money is a necessity and our entire life revolves around it, right from figuring out means of earning it to how to spend it and our efforts to save it for a better future.

The modern concept of money doesn't involve its physical presence, but rather presents itself in the form of a card, a magical card which can instantly make wishes come true. The Credit Card has revolutionized money, transcending physical boundaries and opening up multiple new avenues. There are cases where the only item we need is our credit card and the prospect of carrying money has changed drastically.

Who are the people with no credit history?

Credit History is associated with everyone who has used a credit card for any purchase. The people with no credit history are mostly students and new immigrants in a country, who have never taken out loans. In the case of card applications, an individual with bad credit history has a better chance of getting a credit card than a person without any credit history. There are however avenues to get a credit card with no credit history.

Individuals who wish to apply for credit cards without any history can choose from some of the options below, which can significantly improve their chances of getting that elusive cards.

  • Student Card - Most major banks and financial institutions offer exclusive student cards targeted towards the student community. These cards do not require an applicant to have previous credit history and can be obtained if the individual meets certain criteria. Having a job can make it easier to get the card approved and banks prefer to hand out this card to those who have a source of income.

  • Pre-qualification Test- Certain banks allow individuals with no credit history to take a pre-qualification test online. This test lets them know if they can get a card approved and the reasons why the card was denied, if it is rejected. This information could help one prepare better the next time they apply for a card.

  • Store Credit Card - Certain nations have the concept of store credit cards, which are easier to get and do not need any credit history. These cards have low credit limit and high interest rates and generally have cards which are not Visa or MasterCard approved.

  • Prepaid Cards - Individuals with no credit history but with disposable income at hand can apply for prepaid cards. These cards are as good as normal credit cards but the credit ceiling is limited to the prepaid amount. There is no fear of exceeding credit limits or late fees with these cards.

  • Co-signed cards - Banks offer co-signed cards for people with no credit history. These cards require someone with decent credit to co-sign for you, with their financial backing increasing your chance of approval. Co-signed cards can be a smart move if you have someone who trusts you and is willing to sign on your behalf, though they also allow your financial transactions to be viewed by the co-signee.

  • Secured Credit Card - Secured cards are similar to normal credit cards in most aspects, except the fact that one needs to make a security deposit in order to be eligible for a credit limit. Individuals without credit history can choose this card if they have suitable security deposits with them, which will essentially guarantee them the credit card.

Applying for credit cards without any history can be a tedious and long drawn affair but one has to remember that applying with any and all banks is not a smart thing to do. Rejection is a part of this process and one has to be smart enough to choose the alternative cards mentioned above in case of rejection. Getting any of these cards approved is likely good enough to get an individual a credit history, making it easier for them to get better credit options in the future.