Get the best bang from your credit card

Shopping for a credit card.

If you are going to use credit cards, why not get the most reward?  Instead of YOU paying interest to your credit card company, the credit card company could be PAYING YOU each month, assuming you’ve paid your bill on time.  Now that is a switch!

Some of the best reward cards we have found are:

Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express offers 6% cash back at US supermarkets up to $6,000 per year which equals up to $360 per year!  In addition they give 3% back on gas and select department stores.  Even with the annual fee at $75, it is still a great deal!  Everybody needs to eat, right?

Citi Double Cash Card offers essentially 2% back on all purchases with no restrictions and no annual fee. This is another good choice.  The way the card works is you get 1% cash back when you buy, plus another 1% when you pay for those purchases.  This would be a great option for a student to start earning some cash back without the annual fee.

Capitol One Venture Card is a flexible travel reward card.  One of the best benefits is that you can book travel on any airline at any time.  The card offers two miles for every dollar spent which could turn into a pretty nice vacation!

An easy to use tool can be found at to help determine what card works best with your spending habits.  Check it out!

Sorry, but we have to mention a best practice when we discuss credit cards, so if you use credit cards ALWAYS pay them off in full each and every month.

Disclosure:  No compensation of any kind was received from any of the businesses mentioned above.

Credit card insanity

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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result.  If you are working on becoming debt free you cannot continue to charge anything to your credit card and carry a balance over month after month.  Do you realize that the minimum payments established by most credit card companies aren’t designed to pay off the balance?  The payments are set up so that the interest is paid first then, maybe one percent of your outstanding balance.  If you continue to charge ANYTHING to the card the balance will NEVER be paid off.  Stop this insanity!

Most credit card charge very, very high interest rates.  Your money doesn’t go very far with these high interest rates and there is very little left over to pay the principal. In order to get rid of those balances it requires not charging any more and paying as much as possible to the card with the highest interest to pay it off.  Determination and focus is what is required.  Do you have what it takes?
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Credit cards cause a lot of pleasure that could ultimately cost you a lot of money and pain if used incorrectly.  Our theory is to use credit cards as a tool only to make your life easier, BUT NEVER CARRY A BALANCE, EVER!  If you can’t pay for the item you are purchasing by the time the bill is due, don’t buy it.  This concept is very, very important.  Many other finance specialists will tell you to never use credit cards, but I would like to believe there are some disciplined adults out there who can benefit from their use.  Be sure to use them only if the total monthly payoff rule is ALWAYS, ALWAYS followed!

What type of cash back or rebate program does your credit card provide?  Please comment.