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What Makes A Good Credit Card?

Aug 17, 2007
There are plenty of great credit cards on the market, but there are also plenty of bad ones too.

The biggest problem is that what can be a good credit card for one person can be a bad card for someone else. So, how do you know what makes a good credit card for you?

Here are a few tips to help you decide what will make a good credit card for your needs:

Take your time

The best way to find the right card is to take your time and shop around for the best deal. Even if you have a card already, you should periodically check new deals. Your current card company could be offering a better rate to new customers that you might be able to take advantage of if you ask them. The more time you spend looking around before signing for anything, the better deal you will get.

Examine the rates

One concept that is universal to all good cards is a card that has a low rate. It is better to get a card with low rates and charges, as this will save you money. Try and stick to fixed-rate cards as the interest rate will not rise as often as with variable rate cards. Any change in interest rates will usually be imbedded within the mountain of post you get sent by a card company, so remember to read the mail you get from your lenders.

How you will pay?

Another important factor to consider when choosing a card is how you will pay each month. If you plan to pay the minimum payment each month, you need a card that will let you do this. If not, then a card that you have to pay back the whole balance each month might be better.

How much you want to pay back each month will affect which cards are best for you.

Honesty is the best policy

Whatever card you are looking for, you should make sure that you are honest with yourself. If you are unrealistic then you will end up with a card that isn't right for your needs. Getting a card that has a great introductory rate but then a high rate after is only good if you can really afford to have a zero balance after the initial offer period. If you are honest about your financial status and your ability to stick to a budget then you will find the right card for your specific needs.

Extra perks

Although it might seem attractive to get a card with all the extra bells and whistles like card protection and air miles etc, these cards might be more expensive. Make sure that any extras you are offered are things that you really need, and find out how much they cost. The best cards are usually those that have the fewest features, as you get lower rates and therefore a better deal.
About the Author
Peter Kenny is a writer for creditcards-gb.co.uk.
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