A credit card is held in front an online shopping site in Melbourne, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING
A credit card is held in front an online shopping site in Melbourne, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING JULIAN SMITH

Most forced to shop on credit

AUSTRALIANS are struggling to cope with the cost of basic necessities with many now relying on credit cards to pay for food. In addition, the majority of Australians are so strapped for cash that they are unable to pay off their credit cards in full each month. A new Galaxy survey of 1000 people nationwide found 52% of Australians are forced to use their credit card to pay for everyday costs such as their electricity bills, phone charges and groceries because they don't have the cash available. As many as 2.9 million Aussies say they do this frequently.


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