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Credit Card Offers: What to Know Before You Accept One

Aug 17, 2007
Credit card offers, we all receive them. They appear in our email inbox, our mailbox, and they are constantly advertised on television. At one point in your life, it is likely that you will be interested in accepting one of these offers. Before you make the decision to accept an offer, you are encouraged to know what you are getting yourself into. Many individuals regret not fully examining the offer before accepting it, you do not want to be one of those individuals.

As previously mentioned, card offers come in a wide variety of different forms. The credit card offers most often accepted are the ones that come in the mail. There is just something about having a piece of paper in our hand that makes us more likely to act. These offers in the mail are a great place to obtain a great card, but not all are as great as they claim to be. Before signing a contract, you are encouraged to examine interest rates, fees, and other restrictions that may be in place.

When a credit card offer comes in the mail, many state that they have a low introductory interest rate. Introductory interest rates are a great way to save money, but they only save you money for a short period of time. Introductory rates often expire after a few months. Each company is likely to offer their own set period of time for an introductory interest rate. In addition to examining how long the introductory interest rate will be available for, you are also encouraged to examine what the interest rate will be after the introductory period ends.

The annual interest rate, after an introductory period, should be listed somewhere in the paperwork that you receive. If you are unable to find it, you are urged to contact a representative from the credit card company. The interest rate of your credit card is important because it will ultimately decide how much you will be paying for your purchases. There are many individuals who drown themselves in credit card debt just because they did not closely examine their interest rates.

Credit cards are often stocked with a number of fees. Before accepting a credit card offer, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with these fees. Many cards have different fees, but most have late fees, overdraft fees, annual fees, or monthly fees. If these fees do exist, you are encouraged to find out exactly how much each fee would cost you. If the fees are more than you can afford, you may wish to reconsider accepting the offer that you were thinking about accepting.

If you do find that the credit card offer you want to accept is not what you expected, you are encouraged to keep looking. In addition to the offers that you receive in the mail, you can also apply for a credit card online. Even if the deal you are currently holding in your hand is not right for you, there is at least one other deal out there that is.
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Joe Kenny writes for the Credit Card Guide, offering views on credit cards in the UK, visit them today for some great 0% balance transfer offers and start clearing credit card debt today.
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