Shop around for credit cards with low interest rates and low or no annual fee. Look closely at credit card offers that use the word “free.” Usually, everything has a price. Avoid loans and credit cards with high interest rates. Don’t take on monthly loan payments you can’t afford.
Don’t use your credit card to buy things you really can’t afford. Let your budget be your guide. Resist impulse buying!
Don’t go wild! Limit your credit card use and don’t have too many credit cards. Stay within your credit limit. Avoid having monthly credit card payments that exceed 10% of your monthly net income. Do not let the total amount you charge to your credit cards exceed 20% of your yearly net income.
Track your credit card charges throughout the month. Save your receipts and check them against your statement. If you have Internet access to your credit card balance, track the charges made on your credit card online, before you even receive the bill in the mail.
Pay on time and pay off credit card balances monthly if you can. If you can’t pay off your credit card balance in full, try to pay more than the minimum payment. At the very least, pay the minimum payment every month, on time.
If you’re getting in trouble with debt, get help early. Consider talking with a credit counselor – an experienced professional who can help you get out of debt.