Credit or debit? Each card type has pros and cons

July 1, 2012
Joel M. Blau, CFP

Mr. Blau is chief executive officer of MEDIQUS Asset Advisors, Inc., in Chicago. He can be reached at 800-883-8555 or blau@medquis.com.

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Ronald J. Paprocki, JD, CFP, CHBC

Mr. Paprocki is chief executive officer of MEDIQUS Asset Advisors, Inc. in Chicago.

While on the surface, it may not seem to matter, there are some important differences between debit and credit cards, and reasons why you should use one form of payment over the other.

Key Points

Q What is the difference between using a credit card and a debit card?

Keep in mind that not all credit cards are alike. They will vary widely in terms of issuer, scope of use, and contract terms. Here are some examples.

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