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Should I close a credit card?

Should I close a credit card?

Should I close a credit card?

This is a common topic of discussion when it comes to credit cards. On one hand, closing a card you don’t use anymore might seem like it makes sense. But in reality, your overall length of credit history is a factor when it comes to your credit score.

This is a common topic of discussion when it comes to credit cards. On one hand, closing a card you don’t use anymore might seem like it makes sense. But in reality, your overall length of credit history is a factor when it comes to your credit score.

This is a common topic of discussion when it comes to credit cards. On one hand, closing a card you don’t use anymore might seem like it makes sense. But in reality, your overall length of credit history is a factor when it comes to your credit score.

Apr 6, 2023

Sam Lipscomb

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min

You're thinking of closing a credit card, but you're not sure what the consequences might be. So what should you do? If you’re thinking about closing a credit card that doesn’t charge an annual fee, try just putting it in a drawer instead. As long as the card is paid off in full, it can sit, unused, and still help build your credit profile - simply because it’s an open line of credit under your name. That’s right, you don’t have to spend a dime on the card to keep it open.

If the card you’re thinking of closing has an annual fee attached to it, you might want to go ahead and cancel the card. After all, length of credit history is a relatively low impact factor in your credit score, and you don’t need to be paying big fees just to keep one card open.

Instead, try calling the card issuer to see if you can downgrade your account to a card with no annual fee. That way you can keep the account open without having to pay an annual fee.

At the end of the day, the decision to close a credit card is in your hands. Length of credit history is an important piece of your credit profile, but it’s not particularly high impact, so closing a card isn’t the end of the world by any means. But if it won’t cost you anything to keep the card open, it can be a good idea to just put it in a drawer to keep your credit profile in good shape.

Sam Lipscomb

Author bio

Sam is a Kenyon College alum and is head of content at Fizz. He's been a go to personal finance resource among his peers since getting his first credit card during his sophomore year of college. He hails from Washington, DC, loves all things aviation, and currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Fizz; 40 Wooster Street, Level 2, New York, NY 10013

ShoulderTap Technologies Inc. d/b/a Fizz (“Fizz”) is not a bank. The Fizz Debit Mastercard® (“Fizz Card”) is issued by Patriot Bank, N.A., Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Mastercard® and may be used everywhere Mastercard® debit cards are accepted. Any loans you may be offered in connection with your use of the Fizz Card are originated by Lead Bank, a Missouri state-chartered bank. Any promotions or rewards you may be offered in connection with your use of the Fizz Card are offered and managed by Fizz, not our bank partners.

Increases or specific changes to your credit score are not guaranteed. Impact on your credit score may vary depending on your use. Fizz is required to report late payments, which may negatively impact your credit score. Credit scores are independently determined by credit bureaus based on a number of factors, including your activity with other creditors. The Fizz Card and related services will not remove negative credit history from your credit report. Fizz, on behalf of Lead Bank, will report your activities to Experian®, and Transunion® .For additional information, terms and conditions applicable to your use of Fizz’s services, please consult Fizz’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, the ShoulderTap Technologies Inc. d/b/a Fizz Consumer Cardholder Agreement, any Line of Credit Agreement in effect between you and Lead Bank and any and all other applicable terms, policies and guidelines made available to you through the Fizz services.

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Fizz; 40 Wooster Street, Level 2, New York, NY 10013

ShoulderTap Technologies Inc. d/b/a Fizz (“Fizz”) is not a bank. The Fizz Debit Mastercard® (“Fizz Card”) is issued by Patriot Bank, N.A., Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Mastercard® and may be used everywhere Mastercard® debit cards are accepted. Any loans you may be offered in connection with your use of the Fizz Card are originated by Lead Bank, a Missouri state-chartered bank. Any promotions or rewards you may be offered in connection with your use of the Fizz Card are offered and managed by Fizz, not our bank partners.

Increases or specific changes to your credit score are not guaranteed. Impact on your credit score may vary depending on your use. Fizz is required to report late payments, which may negatively impact your credit score. Credit scores are independently determined by credit bureaus based on a number of factors, including your activity with other creditors. The Fizz Card and related services will not remove negative credit history from your credit report. Fizz, on behalf of Lead Bank, will report your activities to Experian®, and Transunion® .For additional information, terms and conditions applicable to your use of Fizz’s services, please consult Fizz’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, the ShoulderTap Technologies Inc. d/b/a Fizz Consumer Cardholder Agreement, any Line of Credit Agreement in effect between you and Lead Bank and any and all other applicable terms, policies and guidelines made available to you through the Fizz services.

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