The enactment of the new credit card regulations has people griping about changes in their interest rates. Another way to look at this would be to treat a credit card as cash. Paying the minimum perpetuates debt. Using a credit card in the absence of cash (or the ability to use cash) does not mean the debt does not have to be repaid. This leads otherwise money savvy people to spend what they don’t have in order to make sure they have the necessities.
For those with no balance on their credit cards or a small balance, check out this calculator from the FTC to see how long it will take you to pay off your credit card debt. If you have little or no debt at all and enter in your credit card rate with a fictional amount: pretend you went on a spending spree. The amount of time that it would take to pay off the bill would be enough to keep you on the straight and narrow. Pass it along to friends who need assistance in their finances. It might shock them enough to see how much they pay in interest by paying the minimum.