Maybe you’re afraid of racking up too much debt. Or, perhaps you fall into an “anti-credit card” category who loathes the potential of paying interest. It could just be that your debit card is at the front of your wallet and, by default, gets swiped far more than your credit card.

Whatever the reason, if you rely solely on your debit card for purchases—and, as a result, snub your credit card—you may have wondered how it affects your credit score—especially if you’re staying away from it in order to save up more cash for a down payment on a home. We asked financial experts to explain what happens when your credit card is idle, or doesn’t get used at all. Here’s what they have to say:


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