The credit came with rewards points. So I started using it to accumulate the reward points. The credit card had an annual fee and the rewards points feature also charged a small amount of annual fee. I was enticed by the rewards points and kept using the credit card even though I didn't need it. The reward points would expire if not claimed within a certain period and the points I had accumulated over a period would be so little that they would just expire before I could claim anything. In 10 years I only successfully claimed reward points once. I could manage to get a kid's watch for my niece.
I kept the credit card for almost 10 years. At the end of each month, I used to pay off my credit card in full by the due date to make use of interest-free period. I was using it responsibly but still wasn't benefiting from it. Even when you use it responsibly, sometimes you forget to pay it by the due date and that's good for the bank. The bank increased my credit limit several times and within 10 years I had a credit limit of A$13,000. Then one day I just decided to ditch it. I had enough money on my own to make purchases that I needed. So why use the bank's money and pay the annual fee and reward points fee?
When I look back, I feel I have made a very good decision by getting rid of my credit card. Banks don't issue credit cards for your sole benefit. They make you use it as much as you can and make you pay the interest. They would love to see you in debt forever.
Everyone's situation may not be financially sound. Some people may be struggling financially and they need to keep a credit card to make ends meet. If you really need to have one, make sure you shop around for the best deal that suits your situation.
Start thinking about saving a little from your weekly pay if you are not already doing that and keep impulse shopping under control. Learn to use your own money and very soon you will be able to ditch that evil credit card of yours too.