Debit Cards Expected to Surpass Credit Cards This Season

To ensure they only spend within their budget, more Americans will use their debit cards or cash for their holiday purchases this year, while the use of credit cards is expected to decrease, the National Retail Federation reports. According to NRF’s 2010 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions survey, conducted by BIGresearch, 43% of holiday shoppers will rely on debit cards as a primary form of payment, a 20 percent increase from 2005’s 34.3 percent.

“Many families may choose to leave credit cards at home as they shop this year, making sure to only purchase what’s on their list and within their budget,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a statement. “A variety of promotions ranging from free shipping to one-day sales will make it easier for shoppers to afford the perfect gift for their loved ones this holiday season.”

For a complete look at the NRF’s findings, including the actual survey and related charts, click HERE.