Now that you’ve been approved for a credit card, the real challenge begins. It is how you use that credit card that will determine your level of responsibility toward your personal finance. Here are a few guidelines that you should follow in order to start using your credit responsibly.
Know the terms.
Whether you have a credit card or a loan, it is important that you know the terms of the agreement. Find out what the APR is. Are there any fees associated with the loan or credit card? What about if your payment comes in late? Make sure that you know everything associated with your loan or credit card.
Keep important numbers.
Keep a copy of each credit card and loan account number. You should also keep a copy of the customer service telephone number. Your account number is very important. It identifies you. You should keep a copy of each lenders phone number in case of bill questions, and card cancellations.
Carry only a couple of cards.
Carrying all of your credit cards is a bad idea. If you lose your wallet or purse, you will lose all of your credit cards and increase your risk of being a victim of identity theft. You will also have to call each and every credit card company to cancel your cards, one by one.
Another good reason to carry only one or two cards is that you won’t be tempted to buy on impulse. Believe it or not, many people get into credit card debt simply because of buying on impulse. They buy something they think that they want, only to find out that they really don’t need it.
Never go a month without paying your credit card bills or loans. B not making at least the minimum payment, you will be slapped with late fees, a higher interest rate, a possibility of the missed payment going on your credit report. Make sure that you pay at least the minimum payment, although not advised, making a minimum payment is 1,000 better than not making a single payment.
A better way to go is to pay a little bit more than the required minimum payment. By paying a little more than the required minimum payment, you will pay your debt off in less time.
The best way to go is to pay the balance in full each month. To do this, make sure that you only charge an amount that you can afford to pay off once the bill arrives. By paying off the amount in full, you will less likely eliminate interest charges and you will not have to worry about accumulating debt.