I just received this email from Mr Credit Card who asked me to share my answers with him for a report he is doing. Rather than just do that, I thought I would share my answers with all of you…
Mr Credit Card here. I am conducting a survey among personal finance,
investment bloggers about their credit cards and would appreciate if
you would participate in this survey. I would compile the results and
publish it in my blog
and credit you and your site for participation. Below are the questions :
This kind of request could be great linkbait!… Anyway my answers!
1. How many credit cards do you have?
I currently have two credit cards in my wallet only. My wife has a dependent’s card on my primary account. Is this an average amount?
2. Which are the credit cards you have (please be specific about the actual cards – eg Amex blue cash or Chase Freedom)?
I don’t have any American cards at all: both cards are from local banks in Taiwan.
3. Do you have any credit card debt and if yes, how much?
I don’t currently have any amount of outstanding debt on either card. I do occasionally let a little amount ride over but I always regret it when I see the additional interest charges to be paid.
4. What is the apr you are paying?
If I have any outstandings, I’m informed that my APR would be 11.50% on that amount.
5. What is your average FICO score?
I don’t know. It’s not relevant in Taiwan.
6. Have you got any credit cards solely for balance transfer?
I’d like to, but banks here don’t do this to my knowledge.
7. If yes – which card?
8. Do you charge your utilities, cable bills and internet bills etc to your credit card?
I only charge my mobile phone bill to my credit card because I usually pay most bills at 7-11.
9. Is your credit card bills set up such that it is automatically paid every month?
No, it isn’t. It should be. But I didn’t do it.
10. Do you use your credit cards at gas stations and supermarkets?
Gas stations – No. Supermarkets – Not regularly.
11. Which is your favorite credit card? (be specific, not visa or mastercard as an answer pls)
I prefer my Gold Card from Taishin Bank.
12. Which is your favorite credit card issuer? (banks, not visa or mastercard)
Citibank. But I don’t have one because they’re too fussy about financial details.
13. When did you get your first credit card? What was the card?
I had a credit card in University which undoubtedly was a mistake. I think it was a British card from Co-op but it was so long ago, I can’t remember.
I think there are several ways that I could really profit from using my credit card more, though. Reading these questions helped me think through the benefits.
I could charge all my gasoline to the card, and get bonus points. I could also charge almost all my larger purchases to it, and get an effectively interest free loan for the first 30 days or so. By putting that money in the bank, I could certainly earn 2.5% pa on my monthly expenses. There are also quite a few offers that my Credit Card company provide, some of which I could take advantage of.
What answers do my readers have to some of these questions? Share your answers in the comments.