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Top 9 reasons your credit card was declined

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Why was my card declined?

We've all been there -- a perfect moment shattered by the disgrace of a declined credit card.

Maybe it was a flawless date -- romantic ambiance, carefree banter, flirty eyes -- ruined by that record-scratching moment when your waiter tells you in hushed tones that your credit card "didn't go through."

Or maybe it was that celebratory vacation halted by the aggravating inconvenience of a credit card paralyzed at the worst possible moment. Cruising around the south of France is not so possible when your card is denied at the rental car office. This hiccup might make you blush ... or blow a gasket.

Either way, these are cringe-worthy moments we'd all prefer to avoid. And we can. It's easy enough to sidestep these deflating episodes by employing a few practical tips. Here are nine reasons why your credit card issuer would freeze you out and what you can do to prevent these blunders in the future.

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