NerdWallet’s Best Credit Card Tips for March 2021

Whether you're filing taxes or tuning in for March Madness, get tips on how to get the most value with your credit card this month.

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This time last year, many events were canceled because of the outbreak of the coronavirus. This March, those events are back — in one form or another. March Madness is making a comeback, for instance. Tax season is in high gear. And, by now, you're probably a pro at planning holiday gatherings for St. Patrick’s Day or Passover via video conference.

Whether you’re streaming games through a subscription service or getting your taxes in under the wire, your credit card may offer more value. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your credit cards this month.


Waiting to file your taxes may have its perks if it gives you time to shop around for the best service. While you’re getting yourself organized for tax time, explore whether your credit card issuers are offering discounts or incentives on tax-preparation services. Here are a few to consider:


Whether you’re spending some green for St. Patrick’s Day, shopping for your Passover Seder or preparing for Easter, you may be able to get some value back with your credit card. Chase or AmEx Offers may also have some delicious deals on food, so be sure to check your mobile app if you have a card with one of these issuers.

If you have a rewards credit card that offers incentives at restaurants, you can earn points or cash back on dinner and drinks.

Rewards from a credit card like the  for example, can add up if you frequently order out. It earns 4 points per dollar spent on takeout, food deliveries and dining; 2 points per dollar spent at grocery stores (including delivery), gas stations and on eligible streaming services; and 1 point per dollar on everything else. It has a annual fee.

Looking to stay home and cook instead? Use the credit card that best rewards grocery store purchases. A card like the -annual-fee can get you 3% cash back on up to $6,000 spent at U.S. supermarkets, 2% at U.S. gas stations and U.S. department stores, and 1% on everything else. Terms apply (see ).


If you’re tuning in for the NCAA basketball tournament, your credit card may help you defray the cost of your streaming subscription and game-day noshing. Some cards offer rewards in these categories and redemptions, too.

For instance, through April 30, 2021, the -annual-fee  lets you redeem points for eligible restaurant purchases (including takeout and delivery) and qualifying streaming services. Since all purchases earn 2 points per dollar spent, you’ll also collect rewards when you use your credit card to pay for these services.

You can earn even more value with a card like the . This month, it can help you earn rewards on those game-day snacks and beverages. It offers 5% cash back on streaming services, internet, cable and phone services, and wholesale club purchases in Q1 of 2021 when you activate by March 14, 2021. The card also earns rewards in other categories like travel, dining and drugstores. It has a annual fee.


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