What kinds of feelings come to mind when you hear the words “credit cards?” If you are like many other Americans, you probably feel anxious and nervous when you hear these two words put together. This fear and anxiety will pass, however, as soon as you arm yourself with proper information.
Never close a credit account until you understand how it affects your credit history. Sometimes closing a card can have a negative affect on your credit, so you should avoid doing so. Also, keep open all the accounts that make up most of your history.
If you notice a fraudulent charge on your credit card, report it immediately. The sooner you report it the sooner you give credit card companies and the authorities to catch the thief. It also ensures you are not responsible for any charges made on the lost or stolen card. Any charges that you did not make need to be reported to your credit company with a phone call or a high priority email.
Before opening a store credit card, look into your past spending and make sure that it is high enough at that store to warrant a card. Each time a retail store inquires about your credit report, it gets recorded, regardless of whether you actually take the card. A large number of inquiries that is present on a credit report can decrease your credit score.
You should always try to negotiate the interest rates on your credit cards instead of agreeing to any amount that is always set. If you get a lot of offers in the mail from other companies, you can use them in your negotiations, to try to get a much better deal.
Practice sound financial management by only charging purchases that you know you will be able to pay off. Credit cards can be a quick and dangerous way to rack up large amounts of debt that you may not be able to pay off. Don’t use them to live off of, if you are unable to come up with the funds to do so.
Do not accept the first credit card offer that you receive, regardless of how good it sounds. While you may be tempted to jump on an offer, you do not want to take any chances that you will end up signing up for a card and then, seeing a better deal shortly after from another company.
Set up a budget you can remain with. You should not max out your card just because a certain amount is available on your card. Be sure of how much you are able to pay every month so you’re able to pay everything off monthly. This will help you stay away from high interest payments.
How do you feel about credit cards now? Do you feel more confident on how to use them? If so, then great, but if not, that simply means you need to continue educating yourself. By learning all that you can about credit cards, you will feel better about using them.