December 18, 2018

Are You Using Your Credit Cards Too Much? Check Out This Advice!

Carol Ringwald

Carol Ringwald
Owner/Credit Medic Group

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Knowing about credit cards and how they work is recommended. You don’t want to end up owing money or ruining your credit score by not being able to handle them. Here you will find a few ways to deal with credit cards, so continue reading for some advice on the subject.

Before closing a credit account, be sure that you understand how that will affect your credit score. Many times, closing an account leaves a negative mark on your credit record, and should be avoided, even if you do not plan to ever use the account again. Also, keep open all the accounts that make up most of your history.

Make your credit payment before it is due so that your credit score remains high. Making your payments late will negatively affect your score and cost you additional fees. If you set up an auto-pay schedule with your bank or card lender, you will save yourself money and time.

Shop around for a card. Interest rates and terms can vary widely. There are also various types of cards. There are secured cards, cards that double as telephone calling cards, cards that let you either charge and pay later or they take out that charge from your account, and cards used only for charging catalog merchandise. Carefully look at the offers and know what you need.

If you have several credit cards with balances on each, consider transferring all of your balances to one, lower-interest credit card. Almost everyone gets mail from various banks offering low or even zero balance credit cards if you transfer your current balances. These lower interest rates usually last for 6 months or a year. You can save a lot of interest and have one lower payment each month!

When using your credit card online, you should always keep a sales receipt copy. Don’t throw away the receipt until after you get your statement. Check the statement against the bill to ensure you weren’t overcharged. If they did not, contact the company and file a dispute immediately. This will ensure that you aren’t wrongly overcharged.

Never use a public computer for online purchases. Your credit information may be stored in these computers. Public computers are often found in coffee shops and public libraries. Putting your credit information on these computers is just asking for trouble. When making purchases online, use your own computer.

If you are having a problem getting a credit card, consider a secured account. A secured credit card will require you to open a savings account before a card is issued. If you ever default on a payment, the money from that account will be used to pay off the card and any late fees. This is a good way to begin establishing credit, so that you have opportunities to get better cards in the future.

Before using a credit card to buy something online, be sure that the seller you’re buying from is legitimate. Call the toll-free or other phone numbers on the website to see if they work, and avoid buying from merchants that do not list an address on their website.

It is best to stay away from charging holiday gifts and other holiday-related expenditures. If you can’t afford it, either save to buy what you want or just buy less-expensive gifts. Your best friends and relatives will understand that you are on a budget. You can always ask ahead of time for a limit on gift amounts or draw names. The bonus is that you won’t be spending the next year paying for this year’s Christmas!

As you can see, a few steps can be taken to ensure that you are correctly using your credit cards. Don’t let them scare you off because they seem too complicated or expensive. You will find that with the proper research that credit cards can be helpful to use when you are in various situations.

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