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Don't close an account without understanding the consequences. In some circumstances, closing credit card accounts can negatively affect the credit report, which is something that should be avoided. Choose to keep the accounts that you have had open the longest that make up your credit history.

It is best to stay away from charging holiday gifts and other holiday-related expenditures. If you can't afford it, either save to buy what you want or just buy less-expensive gifts. Your best friends and relatives will understand that you are on a budget. You can always ask ahead of time for a limit on gift amounts or draw names. The bonus is that you won't be spending the next year paying for this year's Christmas!

Credit cards can be a wonderful financial tool that enables us to make online purchases or buy things that we wouldn't otherwise have the cash on hand for. Smart consumers know how to best use credit cards without getting in too deep, but everyone makes mistakes sometimes, and that's really easy to do with credit cards. Keep reading for some solid advice on how to best use your credit cards.

Whether it is your first credit card or your tenth, there are several things that should be considered before and after you get your credit card. The following article will help you to avoid the many mistakes that so many consumers make when they open a credit card account. Read on for some useful credit card tips.

Try your best to stay within 30 percent of the credit limit that is set on your card. Part of your credit score is made up of assessing the amount of debt that you have. By staying far under your limit, you will help your rating and make sure it does not start to dip.

If you are determined to stop using credit cards, cutting them up is not necessarily the best way to do it. Just because the card is gone doesn't mean the account is no longer open. If you get desperate, you may ask for a new card to use on that account, and get trapped in the same cycle of charging you wanted to get out of in the first place!

As previously mentioned, people can be easily disappointed and frustrated by credit card companies. It is much easier to have realistic expectations if you thoroughly understand a credit card before applying. Use the advice featured in this article and start getting your credit cards to work for you, rather than against you.

Keep one low-limit card in your wallet for emergency expenses only. All other cards should be kept at home, to avoid impulse buys that you can't really afford. If you need a card for a large purchase, you will have to knowingly get it from your home and take it with you. This will give you extra time to think about what you are buying.

Only spend what you could afford to pay for in cash. The benefit of using a card rather than cash, or a debit card, is that it establishes credit, which you will need to get a loan in the future. By only spending what you can afford to pay for in cash, you will never get into debt that you can't get out of.

To avoid interest charges, don't treat your credit card as you would an ATM card. Don't get in the habit of charging every single item that you buy. Doing so, will only pile on charges to your bill, you may get an unpleasant surprise, when you receive that monthly credit card bill.

If you have several credit cards with balances on each, consider transferring all of your online balances to one, lower-interest credit card. Almost everyone gets mail from various banks offering low or even zero balance credit cards if you transfer your current balances. These lower interest rates usually last for 6 months or a year. You can save a lot of interest and have one lower payment each month!

Don't fall for the introductory rates on credit cards when opening a new one. Be sure to ask the creditor what the rate will go up to after, the introductory rate expires. Sometimes, the APR can go up to 20-30% on some cards, an interest rate you definitely don't want to be paying once your introductory rate goes away.

You should now have a better idea about what you must do to manage your credit card accounts. Put the information that you have learned to work for you. These tips have worked for others and they can work for you to find successful methods to use regarding your credit cards.

Never fax any credit card details to anyone. Not all fax machines are located in secure locations, so you have no idea who could read the fax and note down your credit card details. Your credit card number could very easily be stolen. This leaves you wide open to fraud and the financial headaches associated with it.

Before making an online purchase with your credit card, you need to make sure that you are dealing with a legitimate seller. Call the company to be sure they are still in business, and never buy from a store that has no street address listed.

A good thing to remember is that you should not immediately make a credit card payment after you make a charge. Instead, wait until the card statement comes; then pay off the whole balance. This builds a stronger payment history and has a larger positive impact on your credit score.