Don't Overuse Your Credit Card!
One of the biggest financial mistakes that people make is to use their credit card more often than they should. The main reason that they do this is that they really don't understand that they are borrowing money when they use their credit card. For most of the purchases they make it would be silly to borrow money but this is exactly what they do when they use their credit card. This is a habit that they have to get out of.
The biggest reason that you don't want to overuse your credit card is that it is way too easy to spend more than you can afford to. This is especially the case when you are using it for day to day to expenses. When you use cash you are generally well aware of how much you are spending but this really isn't the case when you use your credit card. This tends to result in spending a lot more than you think that you that you did. This makes it hard to save money when you are not able to stick to a budget.
The other reason that you want to be careful not to use your credit card too much is that the interest rates that are charged are very high. This is not a problem if you are paying your bill in full each month but few people do that. The result is that you end up paying interest on things that you really shouldn't be using credit to buy. If somebody told you that they took out a loan twenty percent interest to go out for dinner you would say they were crazy but this is exactly what you are doing when you use your credit card to pay for dinner.
There is another reason that you want to be careful about how often you use your credit card and that is that the amount that you use it will have an impact on your credit rating. If you are constantly maxing out your card you are really going to hurt your credit. The credit bureaus want to see you limit yourself to about half of your available limit. If you are using more than that you are going to hurt your credit rating.
There is a time and a place to use your credit card. It is great for making large purchases and there are some things like booking hotels or making online purchases where it is pretty much a requirement. What you need to avoid is using your credit card for day to day expenses. These are the kinds of things that you should be paying cash for. If you are using your credit card for them this is a habit that you really need to get out of since you should not be borrowing money to make these types of purchases.