Back when I was on Facebook, I remember a "friend" fretting because there was a large hold on her debit card. She'd stopped to fill her car with gas, assuming that the amount she spent was all that would be withdrawn from her checking account. What she didn't realize was that banks and credit card issuers have a legal right to put a hold on both debit and credit cards and that's what her bank had done. Unfortunately, that hold prevented her from making other purchases she needed to make that day.\nNot using my debit card is a smart move\nThat Facebook post was made years ago, but I've always wondered how holds impact the millions of Americans living paycheck to paycheck. There's something about it that feels patently unfair. As of 2022, Visa and MasterCard have both raised the amount gas stations can hold from $125 to $175. This includes both credit and debit cards.\nI'm grateful for that old post because it spurred me to think about all the reasons I really should use my debit card less. While it took months to wean off it, it's one of the smarter financial decisions I've made.\nI don't like leaving too much money in my checking account. I don't cut it to the bone, but I also don't want money just sitting there, earning 0%. If I use my debit card to pay for gasoline, that means I have to leave an extra $175 in the account just for gas purchases. That feels silly. Because I pay my credit card off in full each month, I typically have "spare" money available on my credit card and a two or three-day hold won't make a difference.\nBetter protection\nThe protection offered while using a debit card is different than the protection afforded when using a credit card. Here's how:\nDebit cards\nUnder the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA), the following protections are in place when we use our debit cards:\nIf the card is lost or stolen but we report it before the crook has time to make any fraudulent purchases, we face no liability (and won't lose any money).\nIf we report a lost or stolen card within 48 hours of the time someone else uses it, the amount of money we're liable for is limited to $50.\nIf we make a report after 48 hours but within 60 days, liability is limited to $500.\nIf the loss falls through the cracks and is not reported within 60 days, we're responsible for any money spent on the debit card. And if the account has been drained, we also have to pay any overdraft fees.\nCredit cards\nAccording to the Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA), the most we're liable for if our credit card is stolen is $50. That's it. Even if the thief buys out a comic book store using our stolen card, all we're out is $50. Even better, if the physical card is not stolen but someone uses our credit card number to make purchases, we're not responsible for any of it.\nWe're also covered if the following happens:\nWe order something for delivery that doesn't arrive.\nSomething we purchased was not as described or was faulty.\nWe're overcharged for a product.\nJust last week, I realized that I'd never been sent a popcorn maker I'd ordered. While it's not life-altering stuff, I did not appreciate paying for something that never came. I called my credit card company and they reversed the charge. No fuss, no muss.\nRewards\nWe love airline miles. In fact, my husband and I currently have enough to fly around the country several times and possibly run away to a tropical island -- all because we use a rewards card to make purchases.\nI realize that some debit cards offer rewards, but I've never come across one that can compete with our credit cards.\nBuilds credit\nIt doesn't matter how old you are; a strong credit score is important. By using our credit card, we're building credit each month -- a feat that is not achieved when paying by debit card.\nA final note\nI write this knowing that credit cards are not for everyone. If you're someone who's gotten into credit card debt and are afraid it might happen again, by all means, adopt an all-cash budget. If your partner is not great about handling credit, wait until there's an improvement on that front. The point is, what works for one person may be wrong for another.\nLetting go of my debit card was the right choice for me. It's possible that I'll one day change my mind. Until then, though, I'm racking up rewards and enjoying a higher level of fraud protection.\nWe're firm believers in the Golden Rule, which is why editorial opinions are ours alone and have not been previously reviewed, approved, or endorsed by included advertisers. The Ascent does not cover all offers on the market. Editorial content from The Ascent is separate from The Motley Fool editorial content and is created by a different analyst team.Dana George has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Mastercard and Visa. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.\nThe views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.\nFounded in 1993 in Alexandria, VA., by brothers David and Tom Gardner, The Motley Fool is a multimedia financial-services company dedicated to building the world's greatest investment community. Reaching millions of people each month through its website, books, newspaper column, radio show, television appearances, and subscription newsletter services, The Motley Fool champions shareholder values and advocates tirelessly for the individual investor. The company's name was taken from Shakespeare, whose wise fools both instructed and amused, and could speak the truth to the king -- without getting their heads lopped off.\nToday’s Big Picture\nAsia-Pacific equity indexes ended today’s session down across the board. India’s Sensex ended the day essentially flat, down 0.06%, China’s Shanghai Composite and Australia’s ASX All Ordinaries declined 0.54% and 0.55%, respectively while Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.65%, Taiwan’s TAIEX dropped 0.74% and South Korea’s KOSPI declined 0.90%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng led the way, down 1.96% on a broad selloff led by Health Technology and Health Services names while Transportation and Communications sectors provided the only relief. By mid-day trading, major European equity indices are down across the board and U.S. futures point to a positive open later this morning.\nAt 8:30 AM ET, the much anticipated July Consumer Price Index (CPI) report was released: The headline figure for the month was expected to fall to 8.7% from June’s blistering 9.1% reading with core CPI that excludes food and energy ticking higher to 6.1% in July vs. 6.0% the prior month. The actual numbers show that inflation hit 8.5%, and core inflation was 5.9%. With the national average retail price for a gallon of gas falling through late June and July from its June 14 high of $5.016 per gallon per data from AAA, forecasters had expected the month over month decline in the headline CPI for July. The July Employment Report also showed wage inflation ran hotter than expected during the month.\nLet’s also keep in mind that we will be facing a “wash, rinse, repeat” cycle when it comes to inflation data and expectations for the Fed given tomorrow’s July Producer Price Index report.\nData Download\nInternational Economy\nProducer prices in Japan rose by 8.6% YoY in July, compared with market forecasts of 8.4% and following an upwardly revised 9.4% the prior month. While marking the 17th straight month of producer inflation, the latest reading was the softest since last December.\nChina's annual inflation rate rose to 2.7% in July from 2.5% in June and compared with market forecasts of 2.9% but even so the July figure marked the highest reading in the last year. The country’s Producer Price Inflation figure for July eased to a 17-month low of 4.2% YoY from 6.1% the prior month and less than the market consensus of 4.8%.\nAnnual inflation rate in Germany was confirmed at 7.5% YoY for the month of July, down slightly from June’s 7.6% reading but still above the March and April figures of 7.3%-7.4%.\nThe annual inflation rate in Italy slowed to 7.9% YoY in July from June’s 8% reading matching expectations for the month. While energy prices declined, prices for food and transportation rose at a faster pace.\nDomestic Economy\nThis morning we have the usual Wednesday weekly reports for MBA Mortgage Applications and Crude Oil Inventories from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. At 10 AM ET, Wholesale Inventories for June will be published, and the figure is expected to rise 1.9%. While investors and economists will keep more than a passing interest in those reports and data, as we discussed above, it will be the July Consumer Price Index report at 8:30 AM ET that will shape not only how the US stock market opens today, but also expectations for the Fed’s next course of monetary policy action.\nThe U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects domestic production of crude oil, natural gas and coal will all increase next year compared with this year. It forecast US crude production rising 6.7% to an all-time annual high 12.7M bbl\/day in 2023 from 11.9M bbl\/day in 2022, US natural gas output climbing to 100B cubic feet (cf)\/day from 97B cf\/day, and US coal production inching up to 601M short tons in 2023 from an expected 599M this year. The EIA also modestly increased its 2022 average nationwide gasoline price forecast to $4.07\/GALLON vs. $4.05 if called for last month. It now also sees 2023 prices at $3.59\/GAL vs. its previous forecast of $3.57.\nMarkets\nStocks continued in their holding pattern waiting for the latest CPI print save for some fundamental stories pushing Technology names and small caps around. The Dow and the S&P 500 were down slightly at 0.18% and 0.42%, respectively while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.19% and the Russell 2000 closed down 1.46% on the day. Energy names led the way yesterday but were overpowered by Technology and Consumer Discretionary sectors.\nHere’s how the major market indicators stack up year-to-date:\nDow Jones Industrial Average: -9.81%\nS&P 500: -13.51%\nNasdaq Composite: -20.14%\nRussell 2000: -15.83%\nBitcoin (BTC-USD): -52.08%\nEther (ETH-USD): -55.38%\nStocks to Watch\nBefore trading kicks off, CyberArk (CYBR), Fox Corp. (FOXA), Jack in the Box (JACK), Nomad Foods (NOMD), Vita Coco (COCO), Tufin Software (TUFN), and Wendy’s (WEN) will be among the companies issuing their latest quarterly results and guidance.\nAt 9 AM ET, Samsung (SSNLF) will hold its Galaxy Unpacked 2022 at which it is expected to introduce new Galaxy foldable smartphone models, a new Galaxy Watch, and Galaxy Buds.\nShares of advertising technology platform company The Trade Desk (TTD) jumped after the company reported quarterly results that topped expectations and guided current quarter revenue above the consensus forecast.\nThe RealReal (REAL) reported a smaller than expected bottom line loss for its June quarter as revenue for the period rose 47.2% YoY to %154.44 million, topping the $153.99 million consensus. However, the company issued downside guidance for both the current quarter and 2022. Revenue for the September quarter is now expected to be $145-$155 million vs. the $164.3 million consensus; for the full year of 2022, revenue is forecasted to be $615-$635 million vs. the $653.7 million consensus.\nShares of Coinbase Global (COIN) moved lower after it reported June quarter results that missed top and bottom line expectations. Revenue for the quarter fell 63.7% YoY as Total trading volume fell 53.0% YoY and 29.8% sequentially to $217 billion. Monthly Transacting Users (MTUs) grew 2.3% YoY but fell 2.2% sequentially to 9.0 million. For the current quarter, Coinbase sees the number of MTUs trending lower sequentially and total trading volume to be lower compared to the June quarter.\nShares of Sweetgreen (SG) tumbled in aftermarket trading last night after the company missed quarterly revenue expectations, lowered its 2022 forecast, announced it will lay off 5% of its workforce, and downsize to smaller offices.\nChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES (IMOS) reported its July revenue was $65.1 million, a decrease of 19.4% YoY and down 7.7% MoM.\nTaiwan Semiconductor (TSM) reported its July revenue increased 49.9% YoY to NT$186.76 billion, which equates to a 6.2% MoM improvement.\nElectric vehicle subscription startup Autonomy placed a $1.2 billion order for 23K electric vehicles with 17 global automakers, including BMW (BMWYY), Canoo (GOEV), Fisker (FSR), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Hyundai (HYMTF), Lucid Group (LCID), Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF), Polestar (PSNY), Rivian (RIVN), Stellantis (STLA), Subaru (FUJHY), Tesla (TSLA), Toyota Motor (TM), VinFast, Volvo Car (VLVOF) and Volkswagen (VLKAF).\nIPOs\nAs of now, no IPOs are slated to be priced this week. Readers looking to dig more into the upcoming IPO calendar should visit Nasdaq’s Latest & Upcoming IPOs page.\nAfter Today’s Market Close\nBumble (BMBL), CACI International (CACI), Coherent (COHR), Dutch Bros. (BROS), Red Robin Gourmet (RRGB), and Walt Disney (DIS) are expected to report their quarterly results after equities stop trading today. Those looking for more on which companies are reporting when, head on over to Nasdaq’s Earnings Calendar.\nOn the Horizon\nThursday, August 11\nGermany: Thomson Reuters Ipsos Monthly Global Primary Consumer Sentiment Index - August\nUS: Weekly Initial & Continuing Jobless Claims\nUS: Producer Price Index – July\nUS: Weekly EIA Natural Gas Inventories\nFriday, August 12\nJapan: Thomson Reuters Ipsos Monthly Global Primary Consumer Sentiment Index - August\nChina: China Thomson Reuters Ipsos Monthly Global Primary Consumer Sentiment Index - August\nEurozone: Industrial Production - June\nUS: Import\/Export Prices – July\nUS: University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (Preliminary) – August\nThought for the Day\n“The release date is just one day, but the record is forever.” ~ Bruce Springsteen\nDisclosures\nTufin Software (TUFN), CyberArk (CYBR) are constituents of the Foxberry Tematica Research Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Index\nCanoo (GOEV), Fisker (FSR), Lucid Group (LCID), Rivian (RIVN), Tesla (TSLA), Vita Coco (COCO) are constituents of the Tematica BITA Cleaner Living Index\nCanoo (GOEV), Fisker (FSR), Lucid Group (LCID), Rivian (RIVN), Tesla (TSLA), Vita Coco (COCO) are constituents of the Tematica BITA Cleaner Living Sustainability Screened Index\nThe views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.