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Be nice, be charitable, and keep your CCs alive the easy way!!

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Be nice, be charitable, and keep your CCs alive the easy way!!

There have been lots of posts recently about closed credit cards (due to lack of use).  One thing I do on cards I don't want to use is put  a charitable donation on each one.  It gets paid every month, I know what the amount is, I can pif before or after the statement, the charity is happy, the CCC is happy, I have a record for the IRS and it is what we are supposed to do if we are nice people  Smiley Very Happy

 

So I have two SDed cards that are used automatically every month, plus an Amex that does all my phone bills and with which I am not seen in public, and everyone is happy.  Smiley Happy

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Re: Be nice, be charitable, and keep your CCs alive the easy way!!

Great idea!

 

Too bad my cards that could have benefited from this were already closed! Smiley Wink

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Re: Be nice, be charitable, and keep your CCs alive the easy way!!

awesome idea and I love that you already have the irs proof!
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Re: Be nice, be charitable, and keep your CCs alive the easy way!!

very commendable idea.  i believe i might do this with my first premier & cortrust cards til i cancel them.

 

 

"plus an Amex with which I am not seen in public ..."  HILARIOUS!!! Smiley Very Happy

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Re: Be nice, be charitable, and keep your CCs alive the easy way!!

That's a good idea, but when you have a store card, you can't do that. 

 

Goodbye Classic Oak GE Home Design CC.  I guess I'll have to use my Discover card to purchase new furniture when I move in 2009!

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2/11/09: TU: 773, EQ: 790, EX:790
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Re: Be nice, be charitable, and keep your CCs alive the easy way!!

I also do the same thing with my cards. 

 

My UNICEF and WWF contributions are set up automatically each month.  I automatically pay Netflix, ATT, and Harris County Tollway on different cards.  Keeps the CCs happy and all of my cards get used each month.

 

And, as MV wrote, I have the proof for my charitable contributions.  Smiley Happy

 

 

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Re: Be nice, be charitable, and keep your CCs alive the easy way!!


MidnightVoice wrote:

There have been lots of posts recently about closed credit cards (due to lack of use).  One thing I do on cards I don't want to use is put  a charitable donation on each one.  It gets paid every month, I know what the amount is, I can pif before or after the statement, the charity is happy, the CCC is happy, I have a record for the IRS and it is what we are supposed to do if we are nice people  Smiley Very Happy

 

So I have two SDed cards that are used automatically every month, plus an Amex that does all my phone bills and with which I am not seen in public, and everyone is happy.  Smiley Happy


 

My employers encourage this: for our matching grant system we've switched from paper forms to an internal website where I enter the charity, the amount I wish to donate, and the credit card number.  They charge my credit card the specified amount, and send the charity twice that much.

 

 

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