Which is better? Shopping with a Credit or Debit Card?

March 23, 2021

Which is better? Shopping with a Credit or Debit Card?

The festive season is here and brands are all set to offer big discounts on apparel, home décor, electronics and more. You may be tempted to shop for your favourite products, but should you be using a Credit or Debit Card?

As India is gearing up for festivities, it is also time for shopping. When it’s raining offers, you wouldn’t want to stop yourself from grabbing the best deal. Those who own a Credit Card may wonder if this is the best time to collect reward points and take advantage of various deals. Still others prefer Debit Cards. But what is a better option? Read on to know more:

How do Debit Cards work?

If you are shopping using a Debit Card, a specified amount gets debited from the bank account directly. If you have a low balance in your account, the transaction gets declined straightaway. This is one of the drawbacks of making payment through a Debit Card.

How do Credit Cards work?

As against the Debit Card, a Credit Card is an unsecured loan. When you shop using a Credit Card, you get to take advantage of deals such as vouchers, cashback offers and more. With this card, you are approved for a certain credit limit or a fixed spending limit. If your shopping bills go beyond the said limit, you can no longer make a purchase. The credit limit is based on income and type of employment. In a nutshell, it gives you the privilege to shop now and pay later. With a Credit Card, it is always advisable to pay the dues in full, rather than paying the minimum amount each month, to avoid debt.

Which is the better option for shopping?

When it comes to shopping, both a Debit and Credit Card are similar in terms of facilities and ease of use. In case you use a Credit Card for shopping, you realise benefits such as improvement in your credit history, additional discounts on brands, protection if the card is lost or stolen, extended warranties on electronics, etc.

On the other hand, this is not the case with Debit Cards, although you can avail special deals. Using a Debit Card, you can save yourself from falling into a debt trap. In rare cases, if you shop from a fraudulent website through a Debit Card, it can trickle all the money from your bank account. Both cards have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to shopping. If you are a responsible buyer, a Credit Card can be lucrative if you know how much to spend. If you fear a spiralling debt, then a Debit Card would be an ideal choice, but beware of shopping frauds.

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