CarefulBuilder14 wrote:How do you approach this, Vattené? Do you keep all your old store cards alive through small transactions, or are you just letting them eventually die from inactivity?
I'm letting all the ones for which I have absolutely no use die, I suppose. The only card that has ever been closed on me is my first, American Eagle. The rest have gone years with no activity.
Two exceptions are my Walmart card and Banana Republic Visa. I will put a charge on every six months or so to keep them alive (Walmart has a $.05/gallon upfront gas discount, so even if I get a Sallie Mae and it's never the most beneficial option, it does have some use; the BR Visa has points for Banana Republic & Co. plus I would like a Visa that's not a debit card if I have to put a large expense on it since my main cards are Discover and Amex, after all).
The rest are just store accounts, though. I'll squeeze some history out of them until they go.