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Ask Savvy: Your Credit Questions Answered

Credit cards can be your best financial friend and your worst enemy. No matter how organized you are, staying within your limit, finding a card with an OK interest rate, and making payments is an ongoing challenge. I get questions every day from readers about how to manage and navigate offers and keep your credit score sky high. Here's a selection of my advice.


When Should I Cancel My Credit Card?

Can an Authorized Signer Affect My Credit Rating?

How Long Will Bad Debt Stay on My Credit Report?

Should I Keep a High Limit Credit Card I Don't Want?

What to Say When Asking For a Lower Interest Rate

Savings Tricks to Pay Off Debt

For my answers to six additional credit questions,

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What Happens If My Husband Has Bad Credit, or No Credit at All?

How Do I Know If a Collections Agency Is Real?

Should I Cancel Idle Credit Cards?

Why Was My Credit Card Application Denied? Part I

Why Was My Credit Card Application Denied? Part II

Do I Really Need to Know My Credit Score?
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aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Great recaps.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
The main things I've learned about having a credit card are: always pay your full balance every month, don't keep a card you haven't used in a year or they'll charge you a fee just for keeping the card active, and don't make a late payment.
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