Credit card debt can be very intimidating. Any debt feels like a bad thing, but there are positives to using a credit card, as long as you use it wisely. Here are three reasons to use your credit card like a debit card.
Improve Your Credit
One of the things your credit score is dependent on is credit card usage. Experts say that you should be using 30% or less of your available credit on the card. That amount shows you can be a trusted borrower. One way to use this to your advantage is to make all of your regular payments with your credit card, and pay it off at the end of the month. Your credit score will increase as well, and that’s great if you need to take out a loan.
With the rise in online shopping, it’s important to protect yourself from scammers and fraud. Some experts say that it’s wiser to use a credit card when shopping online because they typically have better fraud protection than debit cards. It’s also important to remember that credit cards aren’t connected to your accounts, so there is no chance your money will disappear. If your credit card is stolen many companies will immediately let you know about suspicious charges and freeze your card.
If you travel, many hotels and car rental companies will require a credit card for the transaction. If they do accept debit cards, you might be forced to put a larger deposit down. That means a hold on the money on your card. Another perk for travelers could be insurance or waived fees for luggage and other amenities. Traveling can be expensive, but if you can afford it, use your credit card and get those points. Trips are the best time to accumulate points on your card because you’re going to be spending the money anyway, why not get rewarded for doing so?
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