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Being Disciplined With A Cash Back Credit Card

Apr 7, 2008
Whether you have a cash back credit card or you're looking to get one, it's important that you learn how to become disciplined with your card. The number one mistake most card carriers make is not paying their bill off in full each month, making the card almost useless. When you apply for a cash back card, your purpose is to get cash back in your pocket. I'm here today to explain to you a few steps you can take in order to become disciplined with your cash back card.

Pay attention to your bank accounts

A lot of people in this world are sloppy with their expenses. They don't balance their checkbook and they use their credit card like its monopoly money. The sad thing is that these people don't keep track of their expenses, therefore leading them into debt. This is the main reason why people are in debt. It's because they don't have the self-discipline.

So, how exactly do you discipline yourself? It's simple. You'll want to be more organized with your finances. Make sure that you keep track of what you have in your bank accounts. When you use your credit card, keep track of how you're spending your money. Are you going to have enough money in the next couple weeks to pay off your bill in full? If not, learn how to not make that purchase. A nice way to keep track of your money is to sign up for online accounts and keep track of your balance progress.

Learn - always pay in full

I mentioned in the beginning of this article that you need to pay your bill off in full. If you fail to do so, you're going to fail and not get the rewards you want. Let's think for a second. If you're getting five percent back on your purchases and you have an eighteen percent rate, and you don't make the payment in full each month, the APR is going to eat you alive. This is why it's important to make your payments in full each month. If you fail to do so, you might as well get a credit card with no rewards.

Read your terms

Some people make the mistake of using their card in the wrong way. Most cash back cards allow you to save a certain percentage in the first couple months. This is usually your intro rate. Some people tend to get their statement and notice this rate isn't in effect anymore. Make sure that you pay attention to how much you're going to get back after the intro rate.

Many people are in debt today because they can't be disciplined with their spending. The best way to stop your spending is to take away the plastic and cards. Credit cards are only meant for certain people. If you tend to abuse them, don't use them, it's that easy. A lot of people just can't live with the fact they are abusers. If you can follow these steps, you can easily use reward cards to your advantage.
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