Have you ever been standing behind someone in a check out line who opens their wallet to get out their credit card to pay… and noticed a rolodex-style wallet containing what looks like a hundred different credit cards?
How many credit cards is reasonable?
I guess it really depends on each individual, but the general recommendation is to carry somewhere between two and six different credit cards at the most, and they should be the top issuers- Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
You should also have a goal to pay off your credit card statements in full each month, so keep that in mind when deciding how many cards you should have in your wallet. If you know you have a tendency to carry a balance from one month to the next, look for cards with no or low interest rates, and you should be receiving some sort of rewards from using your credit card, whether it’s in the form of cash back or airline miles or something else- with all of the various rewards programs, there is no reason not to have one you can benefit from.
The more credit cards you have, the harder it is to remember when each of the payments come due. it’s better to select two or three cards with great rates and a solid rewards program than to try and spread your purchases out among fifteen different cards and attempt to remember when each are due!