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Whether you're reading a book, newspaper, or magazine article, it's always a good idea to summarize the information in your head or on a piece of paper. Summarizing, or summing up the main ideas, helps you focus on the most important points in the article or story.

When you summarize, eliminate unnecessary details. Focus on the main idea of the whole passage.

Using credit cards is as American as apple pie. Unfortunately, so is debt. The average American over 18 owed more than $10,000 to credit card companies last year. For many of us, the convenience of using charge cards instead of cash makes it easy to spend more than we have.

Which is the main idea?
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