@Comfyshoes- Wow that sounds like fun. I wanted to add that I think that consumer purchasing behavior increases when credit cards enter the picture. I read somewhere that a theory of consumer behavior involves the fact that people generally spend more when they use their credit cards than when they use cash.
This is why department stores are always offering additional discounts for people to open charge accounts in their stores. They figure that once you get the charge card you will buy more because you are not immediately accountable for your purchase like you are when you pay cash.
They also know that more than half of those surveyed carry balances on their credit cards, so they also get to make money on the finance charges as well.
I try to stick with one or two credit cards and pay them at the end of the month. I usually stay away from those department store offers because I don’t want my debt to get out of control because it is easy to do.