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Business

CONSUMER ALERT

Don’t consumers get 30 days to make bill payments?

Q. Why are bill dates all over the place? Do you or do you not still have 30 days to pay a bill after its receipt?

You receive a bill from the cable company dated the 18th of month, you receive it on the 25th, and it’s due on the 7th of the following month. You receive a phone bill on the 3d of the month and it’s due on the 12th of the following month, but needs to be paid by the 29th or it will not reflect the payment on the next bill. The charge card comes in on the 15th of the month and is due the 10th of the following month. Did we give away the 30 days to tighten up on credit card companies?

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