Ask Stacy: Should I Cancel My Unused Credit Cards?

If you're no longer using a credit card, you might as well cancel it, right? Wrong.

Ask Stacy: Should I Cancel My Unused Credit Cards? Photo by Andy Dean Photography /

Welcome to “Ask Stacy,” a new video feature on Most weekdays, I’ll answer a money question sent in by a reader or viewer. (Learn how to send in a question of your own below.)

Today’s question is one I get asked often: Should you cancel unused credit cards? It seems straightforward, until you realize that the length of your credit history plays a part in your credit score.

Here’s what I think.

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About me

I founded in 1991. I’m a CPA, and have also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.

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Stacy Johnson
Stacy Johnson
I'm the founder of and have spent the last 40+ years in the personal finance trenches. I'm a CPA, author of a few books and multiple Emmy recipient. I'm ... More

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