How to read your credit card statement correctly in 4 steps
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How to read your credit card statement correctly in 4 steps

  • Highlights

  • Regularly check credit card statements to be aware of monthly expenses

  • Check for the total amount due and minimum due

  • Verify the transactions date-wise and the tax paid on

  • Note the available credit limit and EMI dues on our credit card

Credit card statements are monthly statements that contain all the details about your credit card purchases, payments and any other credit information for a particular month. It is important to understand the details on your statement as it contains all the information about your credit card including account summary, late payment warnings, monthly interest calculation and all the transactions you have undertaken during the billing period.

Keeping a record of your credit card expenditure via your monthly statement will work as a reminder for you. This allows you to repay your issuer on a timely basis and will allow you to check any extra charge or interest on your transactions.

How to read your credit card statement

1. Check for the total amount due and minimum due

The most important thing to check is the minimum payment due on your credit card for that month and the due date within which you are supposed to pay it. You must always ensure timely credit card payments as this will help keep your credit score high. This apart, paying within the due date will allow you to steer clear of late fees. Also, you must check the total amount outstanding in your bill for each month to ensure that there are no discrepancies. Total amount due includes all the EMIs you have to pay including the processing fee for the EMI conversions and the interest charges, if any.

Total amount due includes all the EMIs you have to pay including the processing fee for the EMI conversions and the interest charges, if any.

2. Check date-wise transactions and taxation

There is a segment in the credit card statement that includes all the transactions you have made using your card during the last billing cycle. These transactions are listed along with the date of every transaction. It also contains time, amount, place where the transaction took place, taxation details for the transaction and other details related to the transaction. You must check all the transactions carefully and in case you find any error, you can immediately contact your credit card provider using the credit card customer care number and raise a complain basis the false or wrong listing.

3. Check the available credit limit

There are 3 types of limits that your credit card statement lists, namely, the total credit limit for your card, available credit limit as on date the bill was raised and available cash limit. Here the available credit limit specifies the amount that is available for you to use, which will automatically increase as soon as you repay the dues for that particular month. Also, as soon as you pay your EMIs, the available credit amount starts getting replenished. Thus, paying your total dues on every credit card bill instead of minimum dues will always be beneficial for you as your limit will start increasing faster within a shorter timeframe.

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4. Check other details

You also need to check and verify a list of additional information in your credit card statement such as balance of reward points to know the points carried forward from the last cycle, points earned in the existing month and points lapsed owing to non-redemption. Also, you must check the opening and closing balance of your credit card under the account summary heads in your statement to have a better idea of whether with each credit card payment your limit is getting altered or remaining unchanged.

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