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Choosing the Right Credit Card for You

Mar 1, 2008
As you are no doubt aware if you decide to apply for a credit card you will have a large selection to choose from. This wide choice should allow you to get the best possible deal and to obtain a card that is tailored to your spending habits and your lifestyle. Different people have different motives for getting a credit card, most responsible, some not.

The sensible option is to use a credit card for day to day living and this then allows you to keep your salary in the bank making interest, and then you can just settle your credit card balance at the end of the month. The less than sensible way to use a card is to overspend with it, and then fail to settle the balance at the end of the month. You then of course get charged interest, which is a less than ideal situation for you.

When you select your credit card it might be a good idea to decide if you want to pay the balance in full each month, or just the minimum amount. It would also be a good idea to have a look at the balance transfer rates, introductory rates, and any other offers that may apply to you as a new customer. If your credit is in good standing there are some good deals to be had. Another thing to look out for is if there are any incentives offered, for instance, reward points. The other area to look at is the APR or annual percentage rate. This is the rate of interest you will have to pay on balances. The lower the APR the better.

A credit card is a very convenient way of having spending power without having to carry cash, although you can get into trouble if you don't use it responsibly. The credit card company I was once with had a nasty habit of raising my credit limit without asking me first. In my opinion this is a bit sneaky and if you are a spendthrift, can be very dangerous.

When you do finally come to a decision and decide on a card, ensure that you are aware of all the terms and conditions that come with it. Make sure you do your research and choose the right card for you. Use it responsibly, settle the balance, or at least pay the minimum amount on time, and it can actually help you to improve your credit rating, which is never a bad thing.
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