A Credit Card

 

 

Man: Hi, Sis. I just came over to drop off the DVDs you wanted, and . . . Hey, wow!? Where did you get all of this stuff?

 

Woman: I bought it. So, what do you think of my new entertainment center? And the widescreen TV . . .

 

Man: Bought it?

 

Woman: . . . and my new DVD player. Here, let me show you my stereo. You can really rock the house with this one.

 

Man: But where did you get the dough to buy all this? You didn’t borrow money from mom and dad again, did you?

 

Woman: Of course not. I got it with this!

 

Man: This? Let me see that . . . Have you been using Dad’s credit card again?

 

Woman: No, silly. It’s mine. It’s student credit card.

 

Man: A student credit card? How in the world did you get one of these?

 

Woman: I got an application in the mail.

 

Man: Well, why did you get one in the first place?

 

Woman: Listen. Times are changing, and having a credit card helps you build a credit rating, control spending, and even buy things that you can’t pay with cash . . . like the plane ticket I got recently.

 

Man: What plane ticket?

 

Woman: Oh yeah, my roommate and I are going to Hawaii over the school break, and course, I needed some new clothes for that so . . .

 

Man: I don’t want to hear it. How does having a student credit card control spending? It sounds you’ve spent yourself in a hole. Anyway, student credit cards just lead to impulse spending . . . as I can see here. And the interest rates of student credit cards are usually sky-high, and if you miss a payment, the rates, well, just jump!

 

Woman: Ah. The credit card has a credit limit . . .

 

Man: … of $20,000?

 

Woman: No, no quite that high. Anyway, …

 

Man: I’ve heard enough.

 

Woman: Did I tell you we now get digital cable with over 100 channels? Oh, and here’s your birthday present. A new MP3 player …

 

Man: Yeah. Oh, don’t tell me. Charged on the credit card. Listen. Hey, I don’t think having a student credit card is a bad idea, but this is ridiculous. And how in the world are you going to pay off your credit card bill?

 

Woman: Um, with my birthday money? It’s coming up in a week.

 

Man: Hey, let’s sit down and talk about how you’re going to pay things back, and maybe we can come up with a budget that will help you get out of this mess. That’s the least I can do.

 

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