You probably use your credit cards on a daily basis, but chances are, you don’t give much thought to the numbers printed on it, or even what’s on the front of your card. If you’re among the millions of Americans (who owe a total of $809 billion in credit card debt), you’re more interested in whether or not the credit card works for your purchases.

Despite what you may think, the 16 numbers on the front of your cards aren’t random. They are there for a reason, and you can learn plenty of trivial details about your plastic by taking a quick minute to see what the numbers actually mean.


From the digits to the logo that’s always on the bottom right-hand corner of your cards, learn this “secret language” — it may just make you a smarter consumer.

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