How to Budget Your Credit Card Spending

by : Adam Goldman

Although acquiring a credit card is much easier than adhering to a budget, planning your credit card expenses is esential to help prevent dire consequences from credit card utilization. This may stem from the fact that a credit card is by no means a mobile automated teller machine. It is however a means to get you out of an emergency situation such as a car breakdown, or for travel convenience. The following budgeting tips will provide you with great insights on wise credit card usage.

Spend within your capability

With or without a credit card, one should always spend only what they can afford. In fact, you should spend like you don't have a credit card because at the end of the day, you will have to pay back what you charged. It is true that you should never use your credit card to settle your grocery bills or to quelch your shopping needs. With all the discounts and bargains clamoring for your attention, it can be annoying to know that you will be paying more for it because of credit card interest rates.

Have a good concept of the Credit Limit

Rather than viewing the credit limit as the amount of money you can use every month, think of it as a loan that you must repay within 30 days. Then, tabulate the amount of interest that you have to pay if you decide to settle your repayment over a period of six months. This way, the $7500 will look less tempting and when calls with offers of higher credit limit plans come in, you will have the good sense to put the phone down.

Do not let your credit accumulate

You need to be responsible to own a credit card but as luck would have it, there are emergencies that are unavoidable. In this case, you should settle your credit card bills as soon as possible. You have to be self-disciplined on this because credit accumulates and credit cards work on compound interests. The longer you delay your repayment, the more you have to pay.