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3 Tips for Effectively Managing Your First Credit Card

3 Tips for Effectively Managing Your First Credit Card

Are you in the process of applying for your first credit card? Do you already have this in hand?

If you find yourself in either position, it’s important to take a step back and realize that your financial life is about to change.

There is no denying the many high level benefits associated with carrying a credit card. For example, you can use this to more easily make large purchases. Not to mention the fact that you may also be able to collect reward points.

Conversely, there are some risks associated with using a credit card. Like many before you, it’s easy to go down the path of charging too much money.

Here are three tips for effectively managing your first credit card:

1. Track Your Spending

Just because it’s a credit card doesn’t mean you should neglect to track your spending. If skip this important step, it could lead to a big surprise when your bill arrives.

Tracking your spending is as simple as creating a spreadsheet or signing into your online account on a daily basis. Either way, you need to know how much you’re putting on your credit card as the month goes by.

2. Pay the Balance in Full

As a first time cardholder, make it a goal to pay off your balance in full each month. This will give you peace of mind while also allowing you to avoid interest charges.

As long as you track your spending, it’s much easier to pay off your credit card in full. After all, you’ll never spend more than you can comfortably afford to pay.

3. Know the Details of Your Credit Card

What is the interest rate? What is the annual fee? How much will you be charged for a late payment? How do you earn reward points?

These are the types of details that can help you make more informed decisions. The answers can also help you avoid common mistakes.

Do you have any other advice for a first time credit card holder? Share your thoughts below!

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Comments 1

Frank on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:16

(1) Don't be afraid to call the credit card company to make sure you understand the fees, rates, payment date etc.
(2) Be over-organized as you need to make sure you do in fact pay off the credit card in full every month
(3) Review your spending every month.

(1) Don't be afraid to call the credit card company to make sure you understand the fees, rates, payment date etc. (2) Be over-organized as you need to make sure you do in fact pay off the credit card in full every month (3) Review your spending every month.
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