So you’ve been approved for a credit card, you’ve received it in the mail, maybe you’ve even opened the envelope — but what happens if you don’t activate it for some reason? Short term, maybe not much, especially for cards with no annual fee. You could keep the card in your sock drawer, never bothering…

Jae Bratton writes for NerdWallet. Email: jbratton@nerdwallet.com.

The article What Happens If You Don’t Activate Your Credit Card? originally appeared on NerdWallet.

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