Using Credit Cards Wisely
Credit cards can be a big help to you when used wisely. They can help you in emergencies, they can help make purchases both safer and more convenient, and they can help you build good credit. Many people who use credit cards do enter into credit card debt, though, and this is a problem. When used irresponsibly, credit cards can lead to staggering debt, identity theft, and very poor credit scores. Before signing up for credit cards, it is a good idea to review the proper ways to use credit cards. You should always limit the amount of credit cards you carry so that your overall credit card debt stays manageable, You should also choose credit cards that offer the lowest interest rates possible and no annual fees. In general, you will find that getting credit cards through promotional offers will give you better rates. Some customers like credit cards that offer additional perks such as point programs, life insurance, and other features. This is up to you. Just be sure you can afford to pay your credit cards - each month. Once you have your few credit cards, you should use them carefully to make the purchases that are important to you. You should never use credit cards simply to buy things you can't otherwise afford. Lots of people are lured into thinking that credit cards are a form of free money. Nothing could be further from the truth. Credit cards are a very expensive form of money - you not only pay them back but you pay a hefty interest rate if you cannot pay off the entire balance each month. That's why you should do everything you can to pay off your credit cards in full each month. Even if you can't you should always pay off more than the minimum payment. This will keep your credit rating good and will help save you money on interest. In general, you should not use credit cards as income - if you need a personal loan, personal lines of credit offer similar repayment terms but often come with better interest rates. Secondly, you should report stolen credit cards or any unfamiliar charges on your credit cards immediately to protect yourself from identity theft. You should only give your card number to companies you trust - never to unsolicited phone callers. Keeping you and your credit cards safe is pretty simple with these basic tips, and your credit card company will be happy to give you more information about credit card safety if you contact them directly.