First the basic details.
I have one credit card. It has a $2000 limit.
I use the credit card for almost all of my monthly purchases and bills except for car payments, auto insurance, rent, and utilities.
Is it smart to use it up to near the limit every month if I pay it off before the payments are even due? I get a reward point for every dollar spent with the card and then paid.
Should I request a higher limit so that I am not near the limit once a month, or does it matter?
Hello thomas, welcome to the forums!
I agree with Hauling. You can rack up some serious cash back when you use a CC as your debit card (assuming PIF of course).
To answer your question, using up to the limit doesn't really matter for scoring purposes UNLESS you accidentally forget to PIF by the time they report the balance to the CRAs (usually around the time the statement cuts). If you were to let a $1900 balance report on your $2000, you would probably get dinged quite a few points until it reports a lower balance.
This is the first of the two permissible purposes I've established for using CC's in our household. The second was for 0% BT offers to help finance our Son's adoption. If you're not in the market for credit (I'm not) don't worry about the affect on your scores, just take advantage of the money back. If you are worried about your scores, pay most or all of the balance a few days before the statement cuts and it won't hurt you at all.
I have the card through USAA. I have had it for about two years now. I initially had a $500 limit.
If it is any value to anyone, USAA is awesome for my credit card, banking, and setting up my IRA. I don't know what their rules are as far as nonmilitary people, but I highly recommend them
What the heck is a 'luv' button?
I'm all about USAA (ins, car loan, cc, ckg) but I don't think I ever saw a 'luv' button.
Man, does this mean they weren't showing me the luv?