What are your monthly credit card purchases?

by Kristina Tahnyak on June 30, 2014 · 5 comments


Good morning Dinks.  You have read me preach time and time again about not overspending on your credit cards.  I know firsthand how damaging to your life financial problems can be.  Not so long ago when I was in my early 20s I was living off my credit cards.  I would use my entire paycheck to make minimum monthly payments and then be forced to pay my rent late.  By the time I hit my late 20s I had five credits and they were all maxed.

Finding a balance between spending and overspending

Now that I am in my 30s (34 in October) and live a financially responsible life I always try to find a balance between spending responsibly and not being tempted to overspend.  I want to continue using my credit card and paying it off every month so I can rebuild my credit score.  However, I am always afraid to swipe my credit card in case I fall back into old bad habits.  The truth is I actually don’t even carry the card in my wallet very often because I’m afraid I will start spending.

Having a balance on my credit card stresses me out. So now I try to make small purchases on my credit card that I know I can pay off at the end of the month. I find the key to being financially responsible is to make monthly payments on my credit card but keep the spending within a limit I can afford to pay off- currently I don’t spend more than $200 biweekly on my credit card.

Purchases that you should always make on your credit card:

Monthly recurring payments.  I set up my gym membership to charge my credit card monthly.  It’s only $45 per month and it keeps my credit in good standing.  How so?  Well in case I forget to make a purchase on my credit card one month I know that I will always have my gym membership charged to keep the card active.

Basically recurring payments make sure I use my credit card each and every month.  It’s also an amount that I can afford to pay off.  $45 a month is affordable and it doesn’t put me in danger of getting back into debt.

My weekly groceries.  I always charge my groceries on my credit card because Nick and I get 4 x the cash back rewards on all grocery and dining purchases. It is approximately $100 a week and lets us accumulate cash back extremely quickly.  Last year we received $75 in cash back rewards with a credit to our monthly statement.

It’s definitely worth it to get free money by making purchases that you would normally make on a monthly basis.  I don’t believe in spending money that you normally wouldn’t spend just to get a free gift, but I absolutely believe in maximizing all your financial benefits if you are spending the money anyways.

What are the credit card purchases you make each and every month?


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1 Kathy June 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

We have our satellite bill charged to the credit card monthly as well as subscriptions to our pricey financial publications like Wall Street Journal, Value Line, etc. We get cash back rewards so we make money while reading how to make money! I keep thinking I should put groceries on it as well to get rewards but have a hard time charging something I could pay cash for. I’m still mulling that one over.

2 Michelle June 30, 2014 at 10:46 am

Our main credit card purchases include our cell phone bill, cable bill, gas, and food. We put everything on there that we can though so that we can earn credit card rewards points. We’ve never gone into credit card debt though, and it will stay that way!

3 Brock @Cleverdude July 1, 2014 at 6:35 am

We make all our gasoline purchases with our AMEX from Costco. We get 4% back (yay small business owner!) , We also get 2% back on restaurant purchases with the same card. It’s not a huge amount, but it adds up over the course of a year!

4 Lisa E. @ Lisa vs. the Loans July 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Most of my credit card purchases have to do with my commute – gas, toll, and BART fees. These are all expenses that I are pretty predictable every single month.

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