I visited my parents today and was poking around cabinets and mail when I saw something that totally shocked me–bills from BDO credit card! For the first time in my mother’s 65 years of existence, this is the first time she got a credit card.
My first reaction was surprise, followed by annoyance. My mother has always paid for her purchases in cash and she definitely doesn’t need a credit card when she shops. My mother is also the ‘spender’ of the family and I find myself worrying over her purchases. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that for the last two months she has had her credit card, she has paid the balances in full and she hasn’t incurred finance charges.
But how did she get ahold of a credit card? Apparently, BDO sent her a pre-approved credit card via mail. She has been a long-time BDO depositor and this is BDO’s way of “rewarding” my mom’s loyalty. I could only cringe at what BDO is doing. My mom has never been financially savvy, she doesn’t even know how to use an ATM. And here is BDO sending my mom a pre-approved credit card.
I can only be thankful that my mom is afraid of debts, which leads her to paying off her credit card purchases in full every month. But I’m not about to let my guard down. I will continue monitoring