Last summer, my daughter wanted her own car, to get to work and show rehearsals. But I didn’t feel like we needed to buy another car, specifically for someone who was going off to school soon. So, I was left with the task of figuring out how to provide transportation, without creating unnecessary long-term costs. This led me to the question: When should you buy a car, versus lease? It’s complicated and, like a lot of financial decisions, depends on a number of circumstances.
Credit cards offer convenience and safety for purchases. During this pandemic, credit card transactions are an even more attractive option for contactless payments. However, consumers need to make sure their cards are managed appropriately. Accumulating desired perks is attractive, but maintaining credit scores, minimizing interest costs and fees, and managing balances are more important. Below are a few guidelines for using credit cards to your advantage, while still being a responsible consumer.