A credit card is a useful and handy tool to carry in place of money, and it offers a lot of benefits if used wisely but many use it irresponsibly creating large debt for themselves. Wise credit card usage will give you ease of purchase, convenience, and a lot of other benefits.
Credit cards use is one of the most common reasons for people getting into debt. Bad spending habits like spending more money than you make, using credit instead of cash at hand, using credit cards on daily expenses, unpaid balances, etc. drive people into debt and even bankruptcy.
Using many benefits like travel insurance, store discounts and the like knowing that most people will exceed their spending limit, or spend more than then they can make, which will lead to unpaid balances where Credit card interests begins to accumulate. This can range 10 to almost 30 percent interest. These interests are what credit companies make their profits from. They don’t make much money from a person who spends wisely but from a person who spends impulsively.
So to avoid having debt, use your credit wisely and here are some pointers on how to spend them wisely, not impulsively and irresponsibly. Firstly and probably the most important, is to ensure you never spend more money than you earn. For example, if you spend about $600 a month (excluding interest) and you only earn about $500 dollars, then how could you possibly pay off the excess $100 plus interests at the end of the month? If you can’t pay the whole amount each month then interests will mount up leaving you in increasing debt. So think it over before using your credit card.
Secondly, pay the balance as soon as you get your statement - ideally pay the full amount. If you cannot afford full payment pay as much as you can, to cut down on interest charges. This way could settle your balance in less time than paying only the minimum. Thirdly, avoid purchases with your credit card that you could pay for with cash. Expenses like groceries and such should be made with cash instead of credit. If you have cash at hand, it is better to use it first before your credit card.
Credit cards might have discounts at some stores but cash, on the other hand, doesn’t charge interest at the end of the month. Lastly, if ever you think you could not make a payment at the end of the month, contact your company ahead of time. Companies usually help you handle the problem if you advise them ahead of time.
These are just some points in helping you use your credit card wisely. Avoid being impulsive and spend your credit wisely.