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A credit card might seem like a scary thing, and many people will have no reason to need one, but if you do sign up, make sure you use your credit card to your full advantage.

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Pay your Bill in Full Every Month

This might seem like an advantage to your bank rather than you, but paying in full every time will actually benefit you greatly. Paying in full monthly means you will be improving your credit score each month, and debt won’t get out of hand. You will also avoid late fees, meaning you can avoid paying more on to your bill!

Watch your Account

One of the reasons we tend to overspend with a credit card is because we don’t see any money going in and out. By keeping tabs on every credit and debit you make, you are less likely to overspend on things you don’t need.

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Use your Credit Card Sparingly

Credit card debt can get out of hand very quickly. To avoid this, it is best to put a few rules in place for yourself. One way to do this is to only use your credit card for large purchases, and stick to debit cards or cash for smaller purchases such as grocery shopping and petrol.

Use the Rewards

Find out any and every reward and perk your credit card comes with, and use as many as you can. Your bank might have an affiliation with a specific hotel chain or airline - if so, be sure to use them whenever you travel. Look into insurance options through your credit card and check if you can get a deal.

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Avoid Creating More Debt

Lots of people have used a credit card to get out of other debt, whether that be fines, bills, or a mortgage. It is never smart to try to pay off debt by getting into more, albeit different, debt. It may be appealing to max out your credit card to get out of some debt, but in the long run, you will only end up in more debt.

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