Ten Practical Uses for Your Credit Cards

June 2, 2009 at 9:44 am | Posted in Pop culture, Recycling, Tips | 73 Comments

Stop using your credit cards. They’ll just get you into debt.

But wait: Don’t throw them away. Just stop using them as they were designed to be used — that is, to pay for stuff. Save the actual cards. Because they’re useful in all sorts of ways you might never have considered.

Here are ten ways we’ve repurposed our unwanted credit cards. But the possibilities are infinite. How would you use yours? Post ideas and links in the comments section below, or email pictures of your handiwork here.

(Click each photo below to see the full-size image. Card numbers are blurred; you can never be too careful these days.)

Ten Practical Uses for Your Credit Cards

Monopoly money

Picture frame

Snow goggles
snow_goggles(Also formerly known as “Eskimo sunglasses.”)

Dolls’ picnic table

Burglary tool
burglary_toolThe original alternate use for credit cards.

Golf putter
putterMake sure to have the back of the card facing outwards; otherwise, the protruding card numbers will make it hard to aim! (This really works — click here to see a video of the credit-card putter in action.)

coinageIf the economy collapses, we’ll have to use something for money.

Light-switch cover

credicopterA hand-held mini-helicopter augmented with credit cards for extra lift. Click here to see the credicopter actually flying!

Cocaine cutter
cocaine_cutterThe other original alternate use for credit cards.
(Note to law enforcement: Baking powder. Not actual cocaine.)


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  1. I love the switch plate idea! On more than one occassion, I have used my card to scrape ice off my car’s windshield.

    • Very interesting ways of using your credit cards.After I was browsing on Global Visas Complaints I was thinking of different utilities for my credit card almost like this ones you have presented here.

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  4. great piece of advice..

  5. Actually saw my daughter in law open the door (when I actually locked it) with a credit card. Hmmm. Wonder where she learned that!
    Ahh baking powder-the good old days. Actually I could have had my mortgage paid down or bought a new car – and I was a LIGHT WEIGHT>

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  6. The light switch cover is too cool! It’s gotta be a gold card though….

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  8. How about leveraging your credit?
    That’s the most practical use for plastic.
    Use the banks debt to your advantage. Simple.

    • Hi. I think so too. Most of my purchases which are very significant are paid with the credit cards.At the end of the day I pay in full with a credit card at ) per cent per year. Of course at the end of the year you have to pay that card in full, but you can also use another card and wait till you obtain another card at o percent.

  9. That’s innovative!

  10. Genius! I would never have thought of all that. Now, I know what to do with my dad’s credit cards ;)

  11. Very interesting use of the credit cards. I actually have twenty of them, but I only use one to pay all my bills monthly, then at the end of the month I pay all in full with money from another credit card at 0 percent per year, in this way I always finance my purchases.Let me know of other practical uses of credit cards besides artistic designs or tools.

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  16. I have, in the past, cut old credit cards into guitar picks.

    Once, in a hotel room, when I found myself with a box of take-out mousse cake but without fork or spoon, I had to use a credit card as a ‘feeding tool’. I probably looked pretty primitive scooping dessert into my gate that way, and the card had certainly seen better days, but it did the trick and the cake was well worth the mess :o)

    I love the switch plate and Monopoly money ideas!

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  19. Credit card companies can and will close your card for a variety of outside factors. Falling behind on an unrelated card can lead to them raising your interest and even closing you card. I try to stay away from CC companies if possible.

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  22. Nice job! I really like the putter! At least there is something good to come out of a old credit card!

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  24. youre a tool.
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  29. Hi. I think so too. Most of my purchases which are very significant are paid with the credit cards.

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  30. My absolute favorite is the dolls picnic table. Really great stuff, the pic made me laugh out loud seriously. I am working on one, will get back and post it here soon as.

    Having gone bankrupt myself and having had CC companies get really nasty with me for just a few bucks. This made me laugh. That is all credit cards are really good for.

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