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Brilliant or Baffling: Freezing Credit Card in Ice Block

Keeping your credit card close by can be temping on shopping trips. While I opt to simply leave mine at home when out for a day of browsing, ABC News Consumer Correspondent Elisabeth Leamy has a more dramatic solution for those who have trouble curbing credit card spending.

Leamy suggests placing your card in a container of water and putting it in the freezer, subsequently putting "your credit card spending on ice." If you need the card for an emergency, you'd just have to defrost the block of ice. Is her idea brilliant or baffling?


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sorrowja sorrowja 8 years
What this is crazy if you have not control over your spending them maybe you shouldn't have a cc at all. Save yourself all that trouble.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I have never done this, but it sounds like a good idea for those with bad impluse control and not a lot of money. However, I have been known to accidentally leave my card at home, then find something I love out, then change my mind before I got back to the store with the card. So... maybe I should just leave my card at home everyday!
imdamoos imdamoos 8 years
When I first heard about this, it wasn't to make sure you didn't spend at all, but to make sure you didn't make an impulse buy (which we all think about now and then).
shepptacular shepptacular 8 years
If someone TRULY had a credit card issue I suspect they would take that bucket of ice in the car with them until it melted and if they were truly in a rush, take an ice pick to that bad boy.
Da-Ly Da-Ly 8 years
Oh man... this reminds me of a prank my brother did when he was younger. He took a cork, tied my dad's car keys to it and put both in a cup of water then froze it. My dad was furious, and the keys were in the center of the ice because it had been held afloat slightly by the cork. Anyways, I think it's a bit extreme, but, I don't see why a person shouldn't just cut their credit card if they're having that much problems with spending.
kh61582 kh61582 8 years
Seriously? Wouldn't that like destroy the card permanently or something?
gemsera gemsera 8 years
Great idea for those with no self control, but i just refuse to have one, its easier that way! if your desperate to pay it off, just cut it up! then you cant put more on it and with time it will be paid off.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
Since the urge to spend money you can pay later is a strong one, i agree with this.
kathili kathili 8 years
I feel like this is only worth doing when more desperate measures need to be taken against spending But I guess it must work pretty well...this definitely isn't the first time I've heard of it.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
honestly. my parents did this after they finished paying them al off (they had like 8) and it worked good for them!
jessie jessie 8 years
:rotfl:....that just sounds silly to me...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've actually heard about this so many times and i think that it could be a great solution if you're not able to control your shopping. i always think that i'm going to forget that it's there and when i move even, i'll forget and that could be even worse.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
I just cut up the credit card.
tiffanyfuchsia tiffanyfuchsia 8 years
I think the theory behind this idea is good, because if you want to use the card you have to let it defrost, which gives you time to think about your intended purchase and avoid impulse buys.
chrisTyyy chrisTyyy 8 years
just shred those darn things
d_et_g d_et_g 8 years
Wouldn't it just be easier to keep the thing in a drawer?
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
If you have THAT much trouble curbing spending, you shouldn't have a credit card to begin with, in my opinion.
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