A lot of people don’t know about this, but you can be getting paid just by using your credit card for your everyday spending. A lot of us use a debit card to make purchases, but I’m going to explain why that is a bad idea.
I currently make about $400 a year just by using my credit card, and you can too. I’ll show you everything you should know on how to get started and how to stay safe.
Welcome to the World of Credit Card Rewards
The great news about rewards credit cards is that they offer you POINTS! A lot of these financial institutions have a rewards website also where you can redeem your points for all types of merchandise, gift cards, or travel options. Yes some rewards websites offer options to redeem your points for cruises, airfare, hotels, and other travel options.
There are reward websites that enhance your online shopping too. Many people shop online today, and these rewards websites offer more cash back on your shopping. Many of them have hundreds of stores to choose from. I recently bought my son a pair of sneakers through my rewards website and earned 8% cash back on the purchase. (At Footlocker.com)
Shopping online for major purchases such as your traveling expenses is a big plus. You may spend hundreds of dollars on your airline tickets and earn a significant percentage cash back on the whole transaction. Another benefit, is some credit card benefits offer free luggage insurance and free auto rental insurance!
How Does the Point System Work
Usually the point system is 1 point for every dollar spent. A sum of 2500 will equal $25 to redeem. Usually, different credit card companies offer 2-5% on different things like gas, restaurants, groceries, etc. With that in
perspective you can visualize how much rewards you can really add up! One way or the other this is free money!
A lot of credit cards will have 5% cash back on certain things quarterly or for the first six months. You can earn a lot during these promotions. Ex. Let’s say you spend $500 in groceries, and $300 on gas during the month with a 5% cash back promotion. That’s $40 cash back in one month, and $240 over the six months!
Keep an eye out there for introductory promotions. Occasionally, companies will come out with $150 bonus for using $500 on your credit card over 3 months. Who doesn’t spend $500 over 3 months? This is free money folks! A popular promo I see often is 10,000 points for spending $1,000 over 3 months. (100 points = $1) That’s a $100 bonus!
After the promotion you can put the card away, and apply for another card! If you find yourself having too many credit cards, you can go ahead and close 1 at a time. If you do this once every six months it will not affect your credit so much. It will look a little fishy to lenders if you closed multiple cards at once. (Caution: careful not to open to many if you’re planning on taking out a loan soon.)
$0 Annual Fee
Preferably, you want your credit cards to have a $0 annual fee. The math has to make sense compared to what you will be earning on it. Don’t worry too much about the interest rate because usage of the card is for daily expenses you plan on paying anyway. You should never be carrying a monthly balance. Taking advantage of 0% interest financing would be an exception.
I want to clarify about the interest rates, and why they are not so important. Now don’t go for a credit card that is 29% interest, that’s is just outrageous! In case you plan on keeping the card and using it in case of emergencies. That’s is why it would be ideal to have more than one credit card; one with your lowest rate.
How to Pick The Right Credit Card
There are many rewards credit cards out there. I want to show you how to pick the best ones. There are a couple of variables to look for. Also, there are different types of rewards credit cards. There are gas, cash back, and just rewards points credit cards.
If possible you want to go with a flexible benefit rewards cards. What it means is the rewards can convert to cash or rewards points. This is the ideal way because there will be times when you have so many points and may not know what to do with them. When you can simply convert it to cash and ask the credit card company to send a check or transfer it to your checking account.
I don’t recommend gas rewards credit cards because most of the time other rewards cards offer more rewards on your purchases than the gas card. Not only that but be careful in choosing a rewards card with an annual fee. It won’t make sense to pay an annual fee to try and earn money. However, do the math and if it adds up fine, but it has to make financial sense.
You can earn hundreds of dollars a year using rewards credit cards, but you need to manage your credit card responsibly. Using your credit card on daily expenses means you are going to pay it off in full on a monthly basis. You’re using it just like cash!
I have seen so many people get into thousands of dollars in debt because of not using their credit cards properly. Having a credit card is not an invite to spend more money. It is an invite to spend your money more wisely. Using a credit card has benefits as opposed to using your debit card.
“The Fact of the Matter Is..”
The fact of the matter is that you’re going to use your debit card anyway on your daily purchases. You might as well be using a rewards credit card and earning rewards on your spending. So if you spend $10,000 on monthly expenses through the year, that’s $100 or more cash back just for using the card! Furthermore, credit cards were designed to use for everyday expenses like groceries, gas, dining out, and traveling.
Most importantly, you will be protecting your checking account at the same time! If there is fraud on your account, the money will NOT be coming out of your checking account. With zero liability it can take up to 90 days to get you your money back. You will be much more comfortable waiting for your money to be put back into your credit account than your own checking account.
Do Savings Accounts Even Pay Anything These Days
One of the most outrageous things I have ever seen these days is the interest bearing accounts the banks hold these days. Seriously, these interest rates are way under 1%. If anyone is remotely close to being concerned on earning money on your own money, rewards credit cards are the way you want to go. Last year I earned $300 + a free night hotel stay just for using my credit cards.
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4 thoughts on “How to Earn Extra Money Just by Using Your Credit Card”
This is really cool. I didn’t know there were so many ways to make extra money just by using a credit card. Do you have any recommendations as to which cards or reward programs you think are best? Also, do the cards have an interest rate that costs more than the benefits you’re getting?
jCamden, Hi, Thanks for reading my article. At this current moment Chase Freedom has the best rewards card that I’ve found. They are offering $150 after you spend $500 after 3 months, and $25 for adding an authorized user and them making a purchase. $500 is easy to spend in 3 months, when you think about bills, groceries, and gas. I actually picked up two of these cards a couple months ago, one for me and one for my wife. 🙂 We made $350 in bonus cash together within 60 days.
As far as the interest rates, they are really not important at all when it comes to using the credit card for rewards. When you plan on borrowing money and paying it back slowly over time then that’s where it would become important. If you pay your balance in full every month, then you will never pay a penny in interest. Hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by.
Thank You Jonathan,
This is a very in depth explanation on how that we can earn from using our credit card daily with a rewards option and it is money that we will be spending every day anyways.
Great advice as well concerning the savings account interest being not productive at all and also keeping an eye out for the cards with the annual fees.
How long on average do you keep the same rewards card open?
Does it depend upon the structure of the rewards and also on the payback options?
Also Jonathan Thank You so much on the recommendation to Wealthy Affiliate, It is an awesome community for learning, support and earning.
You know Tony, that’s a good question, I’m glad you asked. When I get a card I only use it for the rewards. When another card comes out with better rewards, I will stop using that card, apply and get the new one. I just keep repeating the process. I’ve done this maybe 5 times over the past two years. I haven’t had to close any of them because they all have $0 annual fee. It actually helps your credit score because of what they call credit utilization. If you have $30k in credit and only carry a 2k balance, your credit utilization will be less than 10%. The problem occurs when folks max out their credit cards. For example, if they have 30k in credit and all of their cards are max out. That’s a big problem for lenders, and will be very difficult for you to get a loan. So the the idea is, you never want to borrow money on your credit card, you only use the credit card for its benefits. Use it for everyday needs and then pay it off monthly.
The structure on the rewards is something you definitely want to look for. Ideally you want a rewards program that allows you to convert your rewards into cash. Often they have what they call statement credit, but that’s no good to me. I want the cash! As far as payback options, you never want to carry a balance from month to month. Credit card debt is a big no no. However, if they do have a 0% finance option available and you just so happened to be in the market for a new sofa, or other major purchase, then that might work for you. For example, the sofa is $2000 and you find a credit card offer for 0% for 18 months. This will allow you to pay that back at maybe $111/mth at 0%. It doesn’t get any better than that!
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