What Not to Put on Plastic

By C. Raymond Hidalgo,  Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2009 5:57 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Credit card companies know more about you than you think—and if they think you're financially stressed, you're in trouble. American Public Media lists 10 "red-flag" purchases that you shouldn't make with plastic unless you want to give your credit card company the jitters.

  • Traffic tickets: These make you look reckless, and, statistically, more likely to  default on your credit cards.

  • Retreading your tires: Drivers do this when they can’t afford new tires, and it makes them look desperate.
  • Bargain binges: Switching to lower-cost retailers is a sign of money worries.
  • Adult playthings: No one's judging you ... except for your credit card company.
Click on the link below for the entire list.