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Using Store Cards Wisely

Jun 4, 2008
When you go to your favorite department store you may be offered one of their store cards and this may seem like an appealing idea. With one of these cards you will have the opportunity to purchase things through credit whenever you want.

Many people get overly excited about this offer and they decide that it is an offer for free money that will allow them to buy the things that they may or may not need. While debt cards for your favorite store could come in handy, it is important that you use them in a responsible manner.

How To Use Your Credit Cards

When you get one of these credit cards you might be excited and you may want to go out and buy a bunch of things that you don't need. It is tempting to do this, but this will only get you into trouble.

You should only use the card that has been offered to you when you need something that you would buy even if you didn't have this line of credit. It can be hard to restrain yourself when you have the funds basically sitting there waiting to be spent, but you should try your best!

The right way to use your store card is to purchase the things that you need or even the things that you want with the knowledge that you can pay off the debt when the bill comes. At most you'll have about four weeks from the time you make your purchase until the time when it needs to be paid off.

If you know you won't have the funds, you shouldn't buy the items. At the very least, you should know that you can pay off half of the balance when the bill comes and half again on your next pay day.

When you use your plastic money this way you will find that the store is much more likely do report positively on your behalf to the credit reporting agencies and they will also be likely to up your spending limit.

If you are always paying off your debt as you are creating it you won't probably ever need an increase in spending limits, but it is nice to know that the funds are there should you need them. Store cards can be a lot of fun, but they are not something that you should just run wild with.

When you run wild with cards for your favorite store and you are unable to pay off the debts it will affect your credit and in the future if you do need plastic money to pay for something you'll find that you don't have access because no one wants to extend you this convenience anymore.

Take care of the store debt cards that you have and keep your balances paid off. This will allow you to grow your credit and use these cards to the best of your ability when you need them. You can have fun with your card, just have it be responsible fun!
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