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 a fair interest rate, and making payments is a monthly 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.
1. When Should I Cancel My Credit Card?
Q: Is it a good idea to cancel a credit card you are paying off instead of waiting until you pay it off entirely?
A: No, you need to keep a card open until the balance has been paid off completely. After your balance is zeroed out, call the issuer and ask for your card to be canceled with a note to the credit bureaus that the account was "closed at customer's request."