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Use your credit cards with care during last minute shopping

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Planning to use your credit cards for last minute holiday shopping? First, try not to spend more money than you intend. Second, keep a close watch on your cards and account numbers, advise ISU Extension family resource management specialists. Only carry the credit card you anticipate using, and be sure to retrieve your credit card after completing a transaction. A distracted moment could result in the theft of your credit card. If your credit card or ATM card is lost or stolen, report the loss or theft immediately to the card issuer, the ISU Extension specialists say.

For money management tips that help during the holiday season and all year round, visit ISU Extension’s finances Web site or contact an ISU Extension family resource management specialist.

This article appeared in December 2007 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter