Should I get a CC? Credit card

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    Should I get a CC? Credit card


    Should I get a credit card? I haven't had one in over 5 yrs. My ex wife....and me too kinda ran it up. She's been out of my life for 5 yrs. and I payed off the debt at that same time. It was only 2500 thank GOD!

    Ever since I just used my debit card & cash. Cash is king as the saying goes. My work is seasonal & I'm tight on cash now for the upcoming holiday season AND would like to get a few supps. too! Haha.

    Also, I don't know much about these type of things, my now gf was telling my I don't have to pay it all off when I receive my bill. And I was like, hell yah you do, or you have to pay some crazy ass fees on top of what you already owe. And she was saying no, you just have to pay say...helf of it. She's wrong, right? Some lady at the country club she works at was telling her the best way to build your credit is to not pay all what is due with the current billing cycle, just pay part of it.

    So I'm thinkg WTF, that's bs. So any advise on this matter would be great. I really need to read up on this stuff so I know. I already should but just shrug this stuff off & live by my 'cash is king' motto...and my debit card.

    THANKS!

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    If you want credit (which is essential in this life), then yes. I would talk with a credit specialist and get a plan, though. If you can get a straight-forward plan and follow through, you will be glad that you did. I am grateful that I did so when I started out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Lungz View Post
    If you want credit (which is essential in this life), then yes. I would talk with a credit specialist and get a plan, though. If you can get a straight-forward plan and follow through, you will be glad that you did. I am grateful that I did so when I started out.
    What is a straight forward plan? Should I go see my bank about this?
    Sounds like a pain in the ass, LOL.
    Can I get one online?
    LOL, maybe I'll talk to my bank online. Hahha.
    Oh, I want a gas card too while I'm at it.

    You know what, I'll just make a trip to the mall & talk to the man about all this. He always came thu in the past!! Since I was a kid in fact.
    LOL
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    Do you know what a pain in the ass it will be if you do not have a plan? It could mean that you cannot get a car, house, utilities, etc if you have bad credit. Everything in life needs to have a plan.
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    Your credit score improves when your balance or balances on your credit card(s) are a low percentage of your Available balance. I would get one to help our scores but learn how to use it effectively. I lean against a gas card unless you can pay it off each month. I also lean against buying supps, groceries or other consumables on credit because it can get away from you if you aren't careful.

    Another way to increase your "available credit" is to get a parent or family member that had good credit to make you an "authorized user" on one of their cards. They don't have to give you a card to use, and you don't have to use that account. But when that credit issuer reports that you now have access to a $20,000 credit line, it will reflect good for you and your score. The whole credit scoring system is such a racket that you have to get creative to play their games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by youngandfree View Post
    Your credit score improves when your balance or balances on your credit card(s) are a low percentage of your Available balance. I would get one to help our scores but learn how to use it effectively. I lean against a gas card unless you can pay it off each month. I also lean against buying supps, groceries or other consumables on credit because it can get away from you if you aren't careful.

    Another way to increase your "available credit" is to get a parent or family member that had good credit to make you an "authorized user" on one of their cards. They don't have to give you a card to use, and you don't have to use that account. But when that credit issuer reports that you now have access to a $20,000 credit line, it will reflect good for you and your score. The whole credit scoring system is such a racket that you have to get creative to play their games.
    Thanks, great info & I'll look into it.

    Iron Lungz, your right, your right, man!
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    Yes try to pay it off every month the interest rates even on good credit cards is still significant. Plus never spending more than you have keeps you out of trouble...
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    you should get it b/c good credit is important in this society, BUT treat it like your debit card, dont over spend and always pay the full amount
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    Edit: nevermind.
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    If you had a problem with it in the past and you want to get one now then get one with a small line of credit this way if you should get trigger happy your limit will force you to stop using it til you pay it off. You won't go into debt so bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DEADn View Post
    If you had a problem with it in the past and you want to get one now then get one with a small line of credit this way if you should get trigger happy your limit will force you to stop using it til you pay it off. You won't go into debt so bad.
    Good idea.

    The prob was with my ex wifey, not me. I'm good with those decisions.
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    How old are you Reeves?
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    Quote Originally Posted by manny1010 View Post
    How old are you Reeves?
    33 and time to build my credit up.....on my own though for the time being!
    I have ZERO debt and been just doing the cash thing.
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