How Many Credit Cards is Too Many? | McCarthy Law PLC
October 15, 2012

How Many Credit Cards is Too Many?

How many credit cards are too many? According to this article, there is no magical number but there are tell-tale signs that indicate perhaps you have too many cards.

According to Experian, the average number is 3. However, in my experience, most people I konw and everyone I represent has more than 3 cards, especially when you start counting all those department store cards you opened to get that additional 15% off.

The best rule of thumb is this:  if you are struggling with your credit card debt, you have too many cards.

If you are wondering how many cards you actually have, a good idea is to pull your credit report to see what cards you may have opened and forgotten about. If you are missing some payments, it may be due to the fact that you might have too many cards to juggle. Also, if you use too much of your available credit, then this could be negatively affecting your credit score. Too many cards will also result in many inquiries into your credit score, which will also depress your credit score. If this is just the tip of the iceberg and you are struggling with large credit card balances, the better thing to do is to consult with a debt settlement attorney like us who can assist you in resolving your debts and getting those balances to zero.


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