Here are the 1-2-3 of credit card use. Welcome to the credit card club. You are now the holder of a credit card, but beware how you use it. Gone are the days when credit was given by the store manager. Having an account in a store allowed the shopper the same benefits the credit cards allow today. Credit cards are one of our modern day marvels. A credit card is very helpful; it helps rent a car, purchase airline tickets, book a room in a hotel, the list could go one.
Credit Card Use and Bankruptcy
It has made shopping easy and convenient for the card holder: it can be used in just about any store (physical or online), no immediate cash payment is necessary for purchases, and payment on credit card purchases can be paid at a later date without any interrogation from the purchaser. Credit cards are a buyer's dream come through. The user just have to remember to repay what they owe the bank (generally within 14-20 days). However, the credit card dream could go sour. Credit cards have placed many in bankruptcy or financial ruin and it is obvious to see why credit cards are abused. Many who allow balances to be carried forward continually into the next month (this is referred to as revolving consumer debt) find it harder to settle their debt. Generally, about 70 percent of card holders carry their balances forward. If you don't, you're in the minority. (Well done!)
Therefore, it is necessary to take care when using a credit card. Always pay off ALL the money owed within the grace period! It makes no sense to search for bargains or sales, use the credit card and allow the unpaid balances to accumulate. In the end you pay back in high interest rates; and above all your savings are nullified by the interest rates. And this is also no way to build a good credit card history.
Three Credit Card Use Rules
1. Keep your credit cards safe.
- Carry no more than two credit cards with you while shopping.
- Don't leave your purse whenever you out shopping, or hanging on a chair while in a restaurant.
- Don't lend your credit card to anyone, or give any stranger or telemarketer your number.
- Make sure the clerk returns your credit card after a purchase.
- Be alert of when the bank will send you a replaced credit card.
- Keep the toll-free number in a handy place to report stolen or misplaced credit cards early.
- Tear credit card receipts and secure all billing statements for your credit cards.
- Ensure your online transaction is safe (your web browser should read https, instead of http or look for a padlock icon in your web browser).
- Cut up all canceled credit cards.
2. Know when to use your credit card.
3. Getting the best deal with your credit card.
Having a credit card is rewarding, some companies reward their customer who uses their credit card with quarterly vouchers that carry a certain value. These vouchers can then be redeemed in a number of stores. They help reduce the price of items brought. So, credit cards are good way to decrease the price of major items. But despite all of this what should always be remembered is that convenience could encourage out of control spending and you may end up damaging your credit score. Be honest with yourself and keep in mind that you still have to pay for your purchases. Finally, don't spend money you don't have.
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