Robert Manning, author of Credit Card Nation, partnered up with Marketplace to compile a list of the 10 things you shouldn't charge to your credit card if you don't want credit card companies to question the state of your finances.
- Traffic tickets: "A lot of people who have charged traffic tickets have defaulted on their cards."
- Retreading your tires: "If you've bought new tires in the past, this can look like a desperate move."
- Bargain binges: "If you haven't used your credit card at a 99-cent store or at Wal-Mart, don't start now!"
- Adult playthings: "Porn is seen as escapism by card companies. And guess what they're thinking you're trying to escape from? Financial worries."
- Marriage counseling and therapy: "Divorce can destroy your finances. Needing therapy may also make it look like you're unstable."
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- Lottery tickets: "You don't want your card company to think you're irresponsible — or a gambler."
- Cash advances: "Tapping your card for cash? Or using a credit-card check to pay other bills? Not a good look."
- Personal pampering: "If you don't normally splurge at the spa, don't put your facial or massage on your plastic."
- Income taxes: "Whenever you rack up one bill (by using your credit card) to pay another bill (your taxes) it raises a red flag."
- Booze: "Springing for too many drinks may be a sign of job stress, financial stress, or relationship stress."