Keep your credit (cards) clean
A good credit score is your passport to a home, automobile, insurance and yes, a credit card. However, with a devastating sub-prime mortgage crisis and a credit crunch gettting tighter by the month, one thing financial institutions are looking out for - your credit card debts.
Banks have been forced to write off record levels of credit card debt, so things are going to get rougher. So make sure you pay your credit card bills in full every month and on time. Late payments will lower your credit score and may even trigger an automated increase in rates. Moreover, it could result in a vicious cycle of credit-card debts.
Most people tend to look for credit cards that give you tempting rewards like travel incentives, or discounts at expensive restaurants. But most of these perks are not your regular bills and payments. Unless you fly often on business trips, travel rewards are aimed at getting you to spend more. Choose credit cards that comes with discounts to your regular bills, like gas, groceries, regular payments, things that require you to pay regularly.
Never use your credit cards to pay for debt. The debt amount will just keep mounting. Many
people justify indebtedness with the thought that they are making an investment
when they purchase items. That's an unwise assumption. And don't apply for new credit cards you don't need.
If you haven't already done so, check your credit report. And make sure you clean your credit cards.
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