Have you ever wondered, “How many credit cards should I have? Is it wise to have a wallet full of them? Does having multiple credit cards hurt my credit score?”
If you’ve been following this blog or the Money Girl podcast, you know the fantastic benefits of having excellent credit. The higher your credit scores, the more money you save on various products and services such as credit cards, lines of credit, car loans, mortgages, and insurance (in most states).
Even if you never borrow money, your credit affects other areas of your financial life.
But even if you never borrow money, your credit affects other areas of your financial life. For instance, having poor credit may cause you to get turned down by a prospective employer or a landlord. It could also increase the security deposits you must pay on utilities such as power, cable, and mobile plans.
Credit cards are one of the best financial tools available to build or maintain excellent credit scores. Today, I’ll help you understand how cards boost your credit and the how many credit cards you should have to improve your finances.
Before we answer the question of how many credit cards you should have in your wallet, it’s important to talk about using them responsibly so you’re increasing instead of tanking your credit score.
5 tips for using credit cards to build credit
- Make payments on time (even just the minimum)
- Don’t rely on being an authorized user
- Never max out cards
- Use multiple cards
- Keep credit cards active
A common misconception about credit is that if you have no debt you must have good credit. That’s utterly false because having no credit is the same as having bad credit. To have good credit, you must have credit accounts and use them responsibly.
Having no credit is the same as having bad credit.
Here are five tips for using credit cards to build and maintain excellent credit scores.
1. Make payments on time (even just the minimum)
Making timely payments on credit accounts is the most critical factor for your credit scores. Your payment history carries the most weight because it’s an excellent indicator of your financial responsibility and ability to pay what you owe.
Having a credit card allows you to demonstrate your creditworthiness by merely making payments on time, even if you can only pay the minimum. If the card company receives your payment by the statement due date, that builds a history of positive data…
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