I learned a lesson this week. I hate learning by experience.
I got a letter in the mail that a credit card I’ve had open for five years, with a substantial limit on it, got closed for inactivity. Now, I know that I should use my cards at least once a year, but this one totally slipped my mind.
I’m not looking forward to seeing what this does to my credit score. I don’t carry a balance on any of my cards, so my debt at any reported time is low, but my credit limit on all my cards was high. This cancellation has very much decreased my debt to credit ratio.
I’ve been considering opening a new card, finding one with some great benefits I would like to use. I guess now is the time to start my research.
I will probably also call Discover and see if they will increase my credit limit. Not that I will ever spend near it, but it would be good to have an increased amount of credit.
So everyone, if you have cards you don’t use and don’t want to see them closed, go buy some gum with them!
Megan is a 40-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.