I would recommend putting it on a credit card, just not your current credit card.
Run a Google search for "credit cards with good signup bonuses" and you will potentially come across these links:
There are cards out there which can qualify you to:
- Earn a $150 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening
- Unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases
The $150 back on a $500 purchase is an instant 30% ROI. The best stock options couldn't guarantee you that kind of return.
You will instantly meet the criteria and get $150 + $25 (1% cash back on the full $2,500)
The only stipulation is that in order to fully benefit from the rewards, you must pay off the card in full when your bill comes in or else you will pay steep interest. After a year or so you can cancel the card.
If you want, sign up for two or three cards and split the payment. Reap the rewards from multiple credit cards. I wish I had done this with my college tuition; it was a tough pill to swallow when I forked over $3,000 at the registrar's office for one semester :-(
I had the potential to realize a savings of $900 in one semester alone. Would have been nice to apply such a kickback against buying my books.
If you work things out correctly then you can save 30% ($750) on your total purchase. That's one way to not run yourself dry.
By following these steps you will be triggering at least one hard inquiry against your credit. Each hard inquiry has the potential to lower your credit rating. If you do not plan to use your score to apply for any major loans (e.g. car or house) then this reduction in credit will have basically no impact on your day-to-day life. Assuming you continue using your credit responsibly then your credit should just bounce right back to where it was in no time.
I know there are many people out there that cherish their score and relish in the fact that it is so high but it's for moments like these that make it worthwhile to "spend" your credit score. It's an inanimate number whose sole purpose is to be "spent" in times like these.