What kind of crazy financial planner would recommend using your credit card?!
I know, I know, but hear me out.
You’re going to spend money to buy groceries, pay Comcast and get your hair cut. Why not get a 2% discount on all that stuff?
If you spend $10,000 per month, that’s $120,000 per year — which is $2,400 you could get back by buying everything with your credit card.
However, there are several caveats:
That’s right – not every month, but every week.
Pick the same day and same time every week and schedule an appointment with yourself to pay it off.
Paying your credit card off every week will keep you conscious of your spending, and prevent you from feeling like you have a bottomless pit of money (which is how people get into credit card trouble).
They’re hard to find, but get back as much as you can.
Some cards pay as high as 3%, but only on certain items like groceries or gas. The best deal you’ll find on everything you buy is 2%.
Some people have a tough time maintaining the discipline required to responsibly reap the benefits of a credit card (see #1 above).
If you’re one of them, then disregard everything you just read and use your debit card.
(If you’re not sure if that’s you, then ask yourself if you’ve ever carried a credit card balance for longer than 3 months. If you have, then that’s you, and you should stick with your debit card.)
A 2% discount for life is a pretty good deal, and will add up over 30, 40, 50 years. Not so crazy after all, am I?
This blog is for educational purposes only and should not be considered financial or legal advice. These statements have been simplified to illustrate the concept. Consult your Financial Planner or Estate Attorney for help with your specific situation.