Introduction to Credit Cards for Kids and Teens
This video explains the concept of credit cards in a simple, concise way for kids and beginners. It could be used by kids & teens to learn about them, or used as a money & personal finance resource by parents and teachers as part of a Financial Literacy course or K-12 curriculum.
Suitable for students from grade levels:
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
The topics covered are:
- What is a Credit Card
- What is the rate of interest
- When do you pay back the money
- What are the benefits and rewards
- Where can you get a Credit Card from
- What are the factors to consider while selecting a credit card
- What if you cannot repay the money
Howdy Wall St. Willy! I saw someone using a credit card at the mall. But…
What is a credit card anyway?
Well, a credit card is a plastic card that you use to pay at stores and online.
But where does that money that you use to pay come from?
Well, a bank lends it to you but you have to repay that money. If you repay late, then you’ll be charged interest.
How much interest do you get charged?
Is there any other fee?
Yes, some credit cards have a $25 to $500 annual fee, which is every year.
How long do I have to pay back the bank?
Normally you get 30 days where you are not charged interest but after that you’ll be charged interest.
What are the benefits of a credit card?
Well, you get free credit for up to 30 days, you get the convenience of not carrying any cash and you can consolidate or combine all the payments into one.
You can also get rewards.
What kind of rewards?
The rewards can be in the form of points or miles. They can be exchanged for different things like cash back, airline tickets and merchandise.
Where can I get a credit card from?
Well, you can get them from banks, credit unions and credit card companies.
You can apply for them online by visiting their website. You need your address and Social Security Number.
But instead of going through all that hassle, can I just make my own credit card?
Okay Okay Okay!
Well, what should I consider while choosing a credit card?
Well, you should consider the interest rate (the lower, the better), the annual fee if it has any. But, if it does, then the lower the better.
And rewards – depending on what you do more, you can choose between a mile card or a cash back card.
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Well, what if I cannot repay the money?
That’s not good. Can anything be done in this situation to help make it better?
Yes, but that’s a topic for another time.
Thank you very much for explaining to me what a credit card is, Wall St. Willy.
You are welcome, Sooper Cooper. Remember, Finance is Your Friend!
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Podcast: What is a Credit Card?
All you need to know about a Credit Card: what is a credit card, where does the money that you use to pay come from, much interest do you get charged, what are the charges and fees for credit cards, how long do you have to pay back the bank, what are the benefits of a credit card, what kind of rewards do credit cards offer, where can I get a credit card from, what should you consider while choosing a credit card, what if you cannot repay the money or the credit card bill, and more.
Show notes and transcript at: https://easypeasyfinance.com/what-is-a-credit-card/