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How to Research Your Next Credit Card
As I discuss in my book, used responsibly, credit cards can be a great tool. Credit cards are not evil. I am not an advocate for credit cards, and honestly, if you can live a cash-only lifestyle, I highly recommend you do. If you cannot, then the best practice and my recommendation to you is to pay your credit card(s) off in full each month.
Now that we’ve gotten the responsible cash lifestyle disclosure out of the way. I believe you only need to actively use one and no more than three cards. I say “actively use,” because I don’t close credit cards (I cut up whatever cards I’m not using). There are mixed opinions on this but there is a consensus that a high credit utilization rate has a negative impact on your credit score.
I opened my first credit card at age 18. I have an 800 FICO Credit Score. I’ve learned a lot about credit along the way (My Favorite Book: ). The most dependable credit card I rely on most frequently is my Chase Freedom Visa Card. I’ve been a “cardmember since 2008.” Since I’ve kept my Chase account in good standing for over a decade my card has a limit of nearly $20,000 and an interest rate under 12%. I honestly don’t need another card. I rely on Chase Freedom because it works for me and it’s the only card I need. My advice: if you’re going to use a credit card, please use a good one.
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There may also be a better credit card for you! I’m a huge fan of doing your own research versus randomly accepting solicitations for “pre-approved” credit cards. You can do your own independent credit card research to find the best fit. I receive no referral or affiliate income from the following great resources: CreditCards.com or NerdWallet.com.