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For the last decade or so, Jim and Willina Collins have enjoyed a regular bonus by using their no-fee cash-back credit card to pay for many of their expenses, including holiday flight and accommodation bookings, gasoline, vehicle repairs, and insurance on their vehicles (the couple have a car and a truck for daily use, as well as a collection of vintage cars). Once a year, they enjoy a debit on their card statement, reflecting a small percentage of the total value of their purchases from the last 12 months.
The couple are extremely diligent with money. They pay off the $1,000 to $2,000 they put on their card each month in full, including holiday bookings, which are always paid off before they leave for the trip. Their philosophy, says Willina, is that if you’re going to put a purchase on your card, “you’ve got to have the bucks to pay it.”
Because they don’t allow a balance to accumulate, the debt-averse couple are able to take full advantage of the benefits of a cash-back reward card, without incurring interest charges…

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