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1. Prioritize what you buy

We’ve all used the word “need” to describe something we really just wanted badly. Using your Credit Card responsibly means recognizing which things you need and which you just want. You should give priority to essential purchases and payments before indulging in things that you could do without.

2. Check & double check

Read through each transaction on your Card statement to be sure that you were charged the right amount for all your purchases and there are no unauthorized transactions on your Credit Card. If there are any discrepancies, report them immediately. Sampath Cards Alertz helps you keep tabs on your credit card usage.

3. Start with just one Credit Card

This way you can keep your payments manageable. Several balances and due dates can cause confusion.

4. Not all Credit Cards are created equal

Some charge annual fees, while others charge fees for balance transfers, cash advances, exceeding your credit limit, or other actions. Sampath Credit Cards, on the other hand, levy only a maximum of 4 charges so your fees are manageable.

5. Be safe rather than sorry

Credit Card fraud and theft are risks for the modern-day consumer. Most Cardholders aren’t liable for fraudulent charges on their cards, but consumers still have a responsibility to keep their information safe. In case of loss or theft of your card, you need to inform the bank immediately to have your Card de-activated.

6. Maximize rewards & benefits

Credit Card rewards, such as points toward merchandise, airline miles or access to exclusive clubs, have become popular with consumers. SampathCards has always offered “Real Value Deals” so cardholders enjoy the greatest of discounts at a wide range of retail stores, hotels, restaurants and hospitals as well as on airfare and duty free shopping. Therefore, you need to keep yourself updated about the deals and offers available to you to maximize on benefits.

7. Balance your balance

As long as you pay your balance on time and in full every month, you will never pay a cent in interest or late fees. Register online with Sampath Vishwa for instant access to your Credit Card account information. Log in frequently to ensure that you are not spending more than you can afford.

8. Protect your PIN

PINs are becoming as prevalent as passwords and are no longer limited only to automatic teller machines. Many websites now require entering a PIN as an added safeguard when purchasing anything online.

Keeping your PINs a secret may mean the difference between having savings and having nothing. Don’t write PINs down, carry them in your wallet or save them on the computer. Do not email passwords or PINs. Memorize both instead.

9. Read the fine print

Not all Credit Cards have the same terms and conditions. Do your research before you sign up so that you don’t get hit with hidden fees and changes in your annual fee or interest rate. Choose the card that gives you the best of everything.

10. Purchase only from secure sites

Before you enter your personal financial information, double-check the site’s security. Make sure you are on a secure form, and don’t do business on sites you are unfamiliar with. Check to see if the form is secured by a company.