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December 13th, 2007 by Jamie Estep

Debit cards surpass credit cards for most use

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For the first time in history, debit card usage has passed credit card usage. A study by the Federal Reserve, shows that debit card usage is now 27% of non-cash transactions while credit is now 23%. There was no change in credit card usage from 2003 – 2006 while debit card usage went up 70% (from 19% to 27%) over the course of three years. At the same time the use of paper checks went down 72% and ACH bank drafting went up by 69%.

Nothing surprising but paper checks are definitely on their way out and are being replaced by electronic drafting and debit cards. It’s about time!

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One Response to “Debit cards surpass credit cards for most use”

  1. click4credit November 29, 2008 at 10:59 am

    I think one of the reasons for this statistic is that debit cards are connected to your actual money while credit cards are, well, a reason to be in debt. With what’s going on around the world today, I think more and more people are becomig conscious of their spending habits.