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Every Household Should Have a Budget - Credit Cards

 

The next item in this series Every Household Should Have a Budget will address credit cards.  In our society credit cards have become an necessary evil.  You will need a credit card to make airline reservations, rent a car, or make purchases online.  You will also need credit to develop a credit score!

Each credit card, car loan, mortgage, student loan will be used to calculate your credit score.  If you don't have any credit, it will most likely be difficult for you to obtain a mortgage or car loan.

The calculation of your credit score is based on the type of credit you have, the length of time you have had credit, your payment history and credit inquiries.  Credit inquiries generally only will have a negative impact if you are continually applying for credit.  

Once you get that credit card, it is important that you DO NOT over extend yourself.  The balance should be at 30-50% of the credit limit.  For example, if your credit limit is $1000 the balance should be no more than $300-$500.  Once you exceed that amount, your credit score will start to go down.

One more thing I would like to mention about your credit cards, monitor the interest rate.  If you have been a long term client and paid on time, you may have some negotiating power with the credit card company.  

Again, the best advice, is to stay on top of these accounts in order to maintain your financial health.

Every Household Should Have a Budget - Getting Started

Every Household Should Have a Budget - Step 2

Every Household Should Have a Budget - Savings

Every Household Should Have a Budget - Checking Account

 

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The opinions and general information in this blog are soley those of Kathy Sheehan.  Specifics regarding an individual case should be discussed in detail with a loan professional.  For a confidential consultation, please feel free to contact me via phone or email.  All terms and conditions are subject to change.

 

Comment balloon 29 commentsKathy Sheehan • August 18 2013 08:46AM
Every Household Should Have a Budget - Credit Cards
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