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Best Way to Use Cards

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Best Way to Use Cards

I have paid off all my CCs to a zero balance.  I do have some regularly recurring fees that I have spread out amongs 3 of my CCs....small amounts which I am able to pay-in-full every month.  Is it best to leave the charges split up between the 3 cards, or place them all on one card (the one with the higher limit so as not to have a high utilization)  

 

Anyone have any insight/input on this??  Smiley Indifferent



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Valued Contributor

Re: Best Way to Use Cards

Use whatever gets you the best rewards.  If those are either equal or not applicable, use the one you think you can get the best CLI's out of.  When given consistent use your more easily get CLI's.  Use them all at least once every three months.  Pay the bill in full a couple of days before your statement ending date to prevent balances from reporting.  

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1 account @ 2% of total credit limit ( $200 / $10,000 all cards combined limit) rest of the cards at 0% when they report = optimum


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Re: Best Way to Use Cards

If you don't care about rewards, I would use a different, single card each month to avoid managing multiple cards at once and still show activity every few months.

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Re: Best Way to Use Cards

I have all of my recurring charges on my cap1 cash rewards card because it has a $2500 limit so there is wiggle room afterwards. The Chase Freedom only has a $1000 limit so I don't put any recurring charges on that card. Instead, that is the card I use for everyday expenses and I try to match the charges up with the 5% categories while the Cap1 card gets the charges that are only worth 1% on the Freedom as they go towards the 50% bonus cash back.
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