This week we are excited to dive into the Do’s and Don’ts of Credit and Debit cards! Offering two very similar, but uniquely different services for your financial needs, these cards can help you to reign in your finances and grow your credit score when used properly. Learn all about these tips and tricks courtesy of Titonka Savings Bank.
Debit Card: A card issued by a bank, that is tied directly to a checking or savings account, which allows money to be electronically transferred from one bank account to another when making a purchase.
- Use for daily transactions. It’s always great to have a paper trail reminding you of your purchases.
- Balance your check book. Sometimes charges such as gas or dining can take several days to run through so be sure to keep track of your spending by balancing your checkbook weekly.
- Be careful when entering your PIN when others are watching.
- Sign up for Bolt$, a mobile app that allows you to receive fraud alerts & block & unblock your own card. (Available with a TSB Shazamchek Debit Card.)
- Spend more than you have in your account. Overdraft fees are no fun for anyone!
- Postdate transactions if funds are not readily available in your account.
- Give your PIN to anybody!
Credit Card: A small plastic card that is offered by a bank or other financial institution, allowing the card owner to purchase goods and services on credit.
- Use for online expenses through secured vendors. Many discounts may be offered online only and can save you and your family a bundle.
- Pay your bill in full each and every month, if you able to. You can avoid interest rates and other timely fees by not extending your balance over the next month.
- Use your credit card as often as you can to accumulate ScoreCard cashback. (Available with a TSB VISA credit card).
- Spend more than you have allocated for the month. Paying more for interest and other fees is money wasted.
- Open too many credit card accounts. Keep one or two cards that you use and pay each month to help boost your score.
- Max out your balance, even if you pay it off each month this can potentially damage your credit score and serve as a red flag to potential lenders.