PRN: Don't be Stung By Unnecessary Interest: Credit Card Versus Overdraft Debt
Don't be Stung By Unnecessary Interest: Credit Card Versus Overdraft Debt
CHESTER, England, May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Brits running out of cash before pay day could be stacking up high interest by misjudging the way they use their credit cards and overdrafts as a backup, according to research* from MoneySupermarket.com.
The UK's number one comparison site asked consumers where they turn when they run out of money, and found savings, authorised overdrafts and credits cards are the top three 'go-to' resorts for backup cash. Over a third (38 per cent) dipped into their savings when they ran out of money, and 29 per cent used an authorised overdraft to boost their cash flow. In addition, a quarter (25 per cent) used a credit card to tide them over until the next payday. The results also found 20 per cent borrowed money from friends or family and eleven per cent extended an overdraft limit. Four per cent used a pay day loan when running out of money.
MoneySupermarket also calculated the additional amount in interest** those turning to credit cards and overdrafts would pay, and found someone using their authorised overdraft (after introductory offers) of Â£500 for one day with Halifax would accrue interest of Â£4 in a month, or Â£48 in a year. The amount of interest rises to a huge Â£300 if the same debt is left for 30 days, over half the original amount 'borrowed'. However, compared to an average credit card rate of 17.31 per cent** (once introductory offers had expired) spending Â£500 would incur a charge of Â£6.70 of interest over a month, or Â£75.46 in a year if only minimum repayments each month were made.
Kevin Mountford, head of banking atÂ MoneySupermarket.comÂ Â said: "Many consumers are struggling to keep their heads above the water due to the high cost of living. The high number of people turning to their savings pots as a backup for extra cash is reassuring, given times really are tough. However, for those relying on credit cards or their overdraft as a fall back until pay day, as our findings show, it really does pay to research your options and think about the additional interest you could end up forking out beforehand. A balance transfer credit card could be a good option for those with existing debt on other cards, for example a zero per cent card such as Barclaycard's Platinum Credit Card with extended balance transfer offers 22 months interest free on transfers."
Women are more likely to fall back on their savings pot than men, with 40 per cent saying they have done so in the past compared to 35 per cent of males. Those unemployed said they have borrowed from friends and family first (35 per cent).
Kevin Mountford continued: "For those who are continually struggling to stay out of the red before pay day each month, I would advise spending a few minutes to check through all outgoings, in order to work out where savings can be made. Reviewing your personal finances to see where savings can be made can help you release vital cash which can help alleviate the financial pressure."
Notes to editors:
*Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 2,016 UK adults aged 18+ from 4thÂ to 8thÂ May 2012
**Tables to show overdraft interest and charges
Based on Cost of GBP500 Overdraft after Introductory Offers 1 Day Authorised Overdraft Rate Provider Account (TYPICAL EAR) Monthly Annual Everyday Current GBP1 per day capped Santander Account at 20 days per month GBP1.00 GBP12.00 Barclays Bank Barclays Account 19.30% GBP0.26 GBP3.17 Up to GBP2,500 - GBP1 per day Reward Current Over GBP2,500 - GBP2 GBP4.00 GBP48 Halifax Account per day (In-Credit) (In-Credit) Nationwide BS FlexAccount 18.90% GBP0.26 GBP3.12 NatWest Select Account 19.89% GBP0.27 GBP3.27 HSBC Bank Account 19.90% GBP0.28 GBP3.36 19.30% plus GBP5 overdraft usage fee GBP10 interest free Lloyds TSB Classic Account Plus buffer included GBP5.26 GBP63.12 (table continued) 5 Days 15 Days 30 Days Provider Account Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Everyday Current Santander Account GBP5.00 GBP60.00 GBP15.00 GBP180.00 GBP20.00 GBP240.00 Barclays Bank Barclays Account GBP1.32 GBP15.87 GBP3.97 GBP47.61 GBP7.94 GBP95.22 Reward Current Halifax Account GBP0.00 GBP0.00 GBP10.00 GBP120.00 GBP25.00 GBP300.00 Nationwide BS FlexAccount GBP1.30 GBP15.60 GBP3.90 GBP46.80 GBP7.80 GBP93.60 NatWest Select Account GBP1.36 GBP16.32 GBP4.09 GBP49.08 GBP8.17 GBP98.04 HSBC Bank Account GBP1.38 GBP16.56 GBP4.13 GBP49.56 GBP8.25 GBP99.00 Lloyds TSB Classic Account Plus GBP6.30 GBP75.60 GBP8.89 GBP106.68 GBP12.77 GBP153.24 Based on Cost of GBP1,000 Overdraft after Introductory Offers 1 Day Authorised Overdraft Rate Provider Account (TYPICAL EAR) Monthly Annual Everyday Current GBP1 per day capped Santander Account at 20 days per month GBP1.00 GBP12.00 Barclays Barclays Bank Account 19.30% GBP0.53 GBP6.36 Up to GBP2,500 - GBP1 per day Reward Current Over GBP2,500 - GBP2 Halifax Account per day GBP4.00 GBP48 (In-Credit) (In-Credit) Nationwide BS FlexAccount 18.90% GBP0.52 GBP6.24 NatWest Select Account 19.89% GBP0.54 GBP6.48 HSBC Bank Account 19.90% GBP0.55 GBP6.60 19.30% plus GBP5 overdraft usage fee GBP10 interest free Lloyds TSB Classic Account Plus buffer included GBP5.52 GBP66.24 (table continued) 5 Days 15 Days 30 Days Provider Account Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Everyday Current Santander Account GBP5.00 GBP60.00 GBP15.00 GBP180.00 GBP20.00 GBP240.00 Barclays Barclays Bank Account GBP2.65 GBP31.80 GBP7.94 GBP95.28 GBP15.87 GBP190.44 Reward Current Halifax Account GBP0.00 GBP0.00 GBP10.00 GBP120.00 GBP25.00 GBP300.00 Nationwide BS FlexAccount GBP2.59 GBP31.08 GBP7.77 GBP93.24 GBP15.54 GBP186.48 NatWest Select Account GBP2.72 GBP32.64 GBP8.17 GBP98.04 GBP16.35 GBP196.20 HSBC Bank Account GBP2.75 GBP33.00 GBP8.25 GBP99.00 GBP16.50 GBP198.00 Lloyds TSB Classic Account Plus GBP7.62 GBP91.44 GBP12.85 GBP154.20 GBP20.70 GBP248.40
Sourced byÂ Â http://www.MoneySupermarket.comÂ Â 11.05.2012
Taking an average APR of 17.31% (BoE April 2012) you would pay the following:
Â£500 spend - Interest charge of Â£6.70 in one month or if you left this balance on the card for a year you would incur Â£75.46 in interest charges based on you paying a minimum repayment of 2.5% each month.
Â£1,000 spend - Interest charge of Â£13.40 in one month or if you left this balance on the card for a year you would incur Â£150.93 in interest charges based on you paying a minimum repayment of 2.5% each month.
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