You’re a Credit Card Owner. Now What?

Quick Tips for Smart Money Management

If you can manage your money well, you can manage your credit cards well. It’s as simple as that. The main reason why most people fall into credit card debt is because they don’t know how to handle their funds. Follow these quick tips to make sure you start on the right foot:

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  • Never spend more than you can afford. If you can’t think of a feasible way to pay something back, don’t get it at all.
  • Be willing to make some sacrifices. This is part of being an adult just as much as it is being a credit cardholder. Put your bills and needs first, with your wants on hold, until you have the money to pay for them.
  • Put yourself on a budget. Make sure you only spend within your means, no matter how high or low they are.
  • Keep track of your charges. Know what your current bill and available balance are every time you use your card so you don’t overspend.
  • Only apply for a card when you are ready. Don’t tempt yourself with something you cannot handle just yet. There is nothing wrong with waiting a while to get a credit card.

Above all else, remember to charge responsibly. The debt you get into now will last for years, but so can good financial habits. Get in a solid routine of spending money on your card and paying it back on time. Conquer that, and you’ll be better off than most people in the world.