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There are many ways that you can benefit from credit cards, as long as you use them responsibly. They are a great way to build up your credit rating, which will in turn make it easier for you to apply for a mortgage, and they are useful when you have to replace something expensive at short notice. There are, however, a few things that you need to remember when using your card.
As with any type of credit you apply for you should be realistic with your spending, don’t over stretch yourself. Instead of buying impulse purchases you should try to save up for larger expenditures over time. It may mean that you have to wait a few months for a new cooker or fridge, but in the end you will have saved yourself money on both repayments and the interest. It also leaves you time to mull over your purchase and try to find the best deal.
In complete contrast to your current account, you should try to keep the balance of your credit card account as small as possible. You will know when your balance and spending is out of control when you are paying off just the minimum payments each month, you are surprised by how many payments there are on your monthly statements and you have reached the limit on one or more of your cards.
To avoid this situation you should try to keep spending on the card to a minimum and only spend what you know you can afford to pay off. Another piece of advice is that it is unwise to make finance plans for longer than the lifespan of the purchase. You may find yourself needing to replace the item and still making payments to pay for it.
All in all as long as you manage your card responsibly you will be able to use it to your advantage. Whatever you do, don’t let your card take over your life.