Interpreting Cartoons: Credit Cards

Nov 06, 2015
Behavioral Finance, Credit Cards, Cartoons

New idea…providing you with three cartoons focused on one personal finance topic (credit cards in this post) and have students answer a few questions:

  • What is happening in the cartoon?
  • What is the motive of the cartoonist?
  • What lessons can you glean from these cartoons to help your financial life?

I hope you and your students enjoy these first three (I provided one takeaway to get you started):

Cartoon 1:

Takeaway: The cards may be small enough to fit in your wallet but the potential for mayhem is high if you can’t control your spending.

Cartoon 2:

Takeaway: High interest rates on credit card debt can really hurt you if you carry a credit card balance.

Cartoon #3:

Takeaway: There are many lenders out there ready to capitalize on people drowning in debt.

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.