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Asked on 05 Aug 2019

New to credit cards here. How do I pay my bills each month, and is there any way to set up an automatic payment such that I don’t miss any single bill payment?

Been using debit cards all along so I'm super new to the use of credit cards. I'm currently using DBS Altitude.

  1. Would you be able to see every line of your expenses on ibanking (immediately / 1-2 days after you incurred it), just like with debit cards?
  1. How do you pay the bill and is there any automatic payment you can set up?

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Gabriel Tham
Gabriel Tham, Tag Team Member at Kenichi Tag Team
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Updated on 07 Aug 2019

You can setup an automatic giro payment for credit card bills. For example, this is the steps for DBS/POSB

https://www.dbs.com.sg/personal/support/card-payment-giro-application.html

For manual payment you can pay by ibanking which is the most convenient and fastest. The other way is by cheque payment, where you send it together with the paper statement you receive.

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07 Aug 2019

Thanks! Have just set up an automatic giro arrangement for my credit card. Silly question - but are there any extra risks to be aware of, by setting up a giro payment for credit card bills? E.g. If there are fradulent transactions that are only discovered after the giro is paid, would I be able to get the money back?
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Rais M
Rais M
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Answered on 01 Mar 2020

Credit card is one of the best way to manage your expenses. It is actually a form of debt as the bank will pay on your behalf first, and you will pay back the bank after receiving the monthly credit card statement. It will be a healthy debt as long as you learn how to manage it properly, no spending beyond your limits and no late payments.

Yes. You will be able to see every single line of your transactions. It will be under your credit card section of your iBanking. These days, with seamless technologies, sometimes you can see the transactions almost immediately, but usally 1 to 2 days. This also meant that you can track your transactions easily.

One of the difference between debit and credit card is that the debit card is tagged to your bank balances. If your bank has no money, you will not be able to spend anymore. Credit card comes with a credit limit which is usually tagged to your income. You can always continue to use your credit card up till the credit limit so there is a possibilty of over spending if you are not careful.

An other great function of credit card is the ability to pay by installment. Once again, this is also a tool that must be carefully managed to avoid a situation where your overall installment payment plans exceed what you can afford to.

As for automatic payment, there is GIRO so you do not need to worry about missing your payments unless your bank account does not have enough money for deduction. Personally, I do not use GIRO. I will literality monitor each and every single transactions and will make a manual payment to them directly as I want to be in control of my cash management. There are also situations where I will immediately pay off the transactions after i swipe the credit card. Call me silly, but this is how I feel I can manage my cash position well.

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Kenneth Chan
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Updated on 07 Aug 2019
  1. No, credit cards (or some debit card for that matter) generally requires a few days to post the transaction and the amount do not get deducted from your account immediately. It is prudent to track your expenses with an app (e.g. seedly) to make sure you do not get carried away with spending.

  2. Most credit card have an option to GIRO your bill automatically. Ensure that you have sufficent funds to avoid late payment fee or the insane interest rates they will charge you in an event of a failed deduction. It is good practice to inspect your bill to ensure there are no fraudent transactions as well.

  3. DBS altitude card has plenty of terms and conditions that exclude the earning of miles so if you are intending to "game the system" to earn miles, please read the terms and conditions carefully first.

  4. If the automatic payment is not available from DBS, you can generally request from the service company for a credit card payment form to complete and mail back to them. (e.g. M1)

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07 Aug 2019

Sure, but understand that Seedly doesn't have DBS as a bank for syncing transactions. What alternative do you use for your DBS credit cards?
Kenneth Chan
Kenneth Chan

07 Aug 2019

They used to support but DBS have had some policy changes that removed that feature I think. Also, I think it is better to input your transactions manually rather than to sync it - it builds discipline in your spending. :)
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Siow Nan
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Answered on 06 Aug 2019

Yes, online giro payments with the steps given by Gabriel is the most convenient and easy to set up.

And yes, you should be able to track your credit card transactions, under the unbilled tab if it is not already shown in the billed tab.

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