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What's in Your Wallet? Is it The Right Credit Card For You?

Aug 17, 2007
We all know that there are more credit card companies out there than we can possibly count, it also seems any more that there are just as many different types of credit cards. Of course all companies claim that all of their cards offer the very best deal available. The truth of the matter is that every person has his or her own unique needs from a credit card so no card is perfect for everyone.

One of the newest cards available these days is the "low interest" credit card. It is highly likely that you have already received at least one offer for one of these cards if not several. These cards offer a much loser interest rate than most of your traditional cards, in some cases the interest rate may even be drastically lower. Most cards of this type will also offer a "balance transfer" option that allows you to transfer the balance from your existing high interest rate credit card to your new lower interest rate card. In most cases you will have a fixed period of time that the interest on this balance will either be 0% or at least very low. Of course after that introductory period the interest rate will rise to the normal rate for the card. This can still offer you some significant savings especially if you are able to pay off the balance during that time.

Credit cards are a highly profitable business, in fact they are so lucrative that many companies have started to offer their own cards to get a piece of the action. Airlines commonly offer credit cards that will allow you to earn free miles based on your spending and balance. If you travel frequently one of these cards could be very advantageous to you. Another common type of card you will see anymore are reward cards, these are cards that will reward you for using them. Based on the amount of spending you use the card for you will accumulate points that can be redeemed for everything from travel and hotel stays to appliances. There are some cards that simplify it and just refund a percentage of what you spend back to you. If you use a credit card frequently it might be in your best interest to use a card with a reward system.

Instant approval cards are another card that is gaining rapid popularity you may even receive offers for these cards by email as well as the more standard postal mail. Just as the name implies these cards offer you the chance to apply and get instant approval instead of waiting on a lengthy approval process. With traditional cards it can take two weeks or sometimes longer to be approved. Even with these cards instant approval does not always mean instant credit. There are still some companies that will provide you with a temporary number that you can start using immediately, many companies have done away with that practice due to high rates of credit card fraud.

With so many companies and cards available it will certainly be in your best interest to do some research before selecting the card you want. Keep in mind that you do not want to apply for a lot different cards as this can have a negative impact on your credit rating.
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