Your Credit Card habits certainly have an influence on your Credit Score. But did you know that these commonly-held Credit Card beliefs are actually hurting your Credit Score?
The One About Not Getting A Credit Card
Don’t bother getting a Credit Card. Your Debit Card is more than enough.
No, no, no! Let’s be clear here. Owning a Credit Card doesn’t translate to unending debts. Of course, there are some people out there who endlessly swipe their Credit Cards. And this would lead to a lot of debt, obviously.
On the other hand, if you get yourself a Credit Card and use it wisely, then you can easily build your credit history and score. Remember that lenders check your Credit Score before they approve financial instruments like loans.
Also, unlike your Debit Card, you can enjoy discounts and rewards on all your Credit Card expenses. Plus, you can also take advantage of the EMI option for your big-ticket purchases.
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The One About Not Paying Your Outstanding In Full
Carrying a balance on your Credit Card by just sticking to minimum payments every month may sound cool, but it’s really not! Not only are you damaging your Credit Score, but you are also hurting your wallet.
Most people don’t know, or rather ignore, the fact that not paying their Credit Card bills in full affects their Credit Score. Do NOT listen to such people. Paying just the minimum due can bring your Credit Score down drastically. And it will take you months (or even years) to build it up.
One last thing, please don’t utilise more than 30% (okay, at the max. 40%) of your credit limit. Credit utilisation affects your Credit Score too.
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The One About Sticking To Just One Credit Card
Well, this is totally your choice. If you’re content with just one Credit Card, then so be it.
However, having more than one Credit Card can actually help increase your Credit Score, provided you don’t end up maxing out all your cards. Wondering how? Well, having multiple Credit Cards increases your overall credit limit. And this, in turn, helps to keep your credit utilisation ratio below the 30% mark.
Here’s an example to help you understand this better:
A owns a Credit Card with a total limit of Rs. 80,000. He buys a brand new TV which costs Rs. 60,000.
B owns two cards – one with a limit of Rs. 1,00,000 and the other with a limit of Rs. 80,000. She buys a mobile phone that costs Rs. 70,000.
A’s credit utilisation ratio is 75%, which is way higher than the 30% limit. While B’s credit utilisation ratio is 38.8% which is slightly higher than the limit, it still is very much reasonable.
The One About Not Accepting A Credit Card Limit Increase
Why, God, why? Of course, your lender is offering you an increase in your Credit Card limit to lure you into using your card more often. But, if you actually consider the proposition, it works in your favour too. A higher credit limit means that you can stick to the 30% credit utilisation ratio with more credit at your disposal. And this is good for your Credit Score too.
So, forget those who tell you to not accept a credit limit increase offer and accept it blindly, at least for your Credit Score’s sake.
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