How To Use A Credit Card
In an increasingly cashless society, it is important to know how to use a credit card. You may have just gotten your first card, and be unsure of how the process works. However, to maintain good credit, it's important to know the steps to using your credit card.
- Sign the back. Whenever you receive a new card, you should sign the back in the designated area. This will allow vendors to check your signature against the signature signed on a receipt, to help prevent credit card fraud.
- Make sure the vendor accepts your kind of credit card. Some vendors may only accept cash, to avoid paying credit card fees. Others may accept Visa and Mastercard, but not American Express. It's good to know whether or not the vendor will take your card before you try to make your purchase, as this might lead to hassle or embarrassment if you don't have an alternate form of payment and the vendor can't take your card.
- When checking out, hand the vendor your card and say that you'd like to pay by credit. Some stores have a card swiper which you use yourself. If this is the case, swipe your card and follow the instructions on the card reader.
- Sign your receipt. For most purchases made with a credit card, you will have to sign a receipt stating that, basically, you agree to pay the money back. This signed receipt is then returned to the vendor, who will give you a separate copy of the receipt for your use. Sometimes, if a purchase total is under a certain amount, a vendor will not require the purchaser to sign the receipt.