Debit and credit card differences

Although debit and credit cards may seem the same, they are not. While both are extremely convenient and are generally accepted at the same places, the difference lies in where the funds are pulled from.
A Debit card draws money directly from your checking account when you make a purchase. Because of the transaction is from your account, you don’t receive any additional bill as you have already made the payment for the purchase.
A Credit card allows you to borrow money in small mounts at the time of purchase. You are then charged interest on that purchase after a general grace period (usually 30 days) and are sent a monthly bill.


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