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Tips To Use When Choosing A Credit Card

Jun 22, 2008
There are so many different types and brands of credit cards that it could be extremely difficult to choose which one is best for you. You have so many things to consider that this in itself could be overwhelming to anyone. Here are some great tips to choosing credit cards that should help.

1. The Right Card - The right card will give you what you need and help make your life easier at the same time. There are different types of cards such as Standard, Secured, or rewards. The choice you make should depend on exactly what you need from your credit card.

2. How You Use the Card. How you plan to use the credit card should most definitely impact the type of credit card that you decide you want. If you want to be able to carry a balance, you want a credit card that offers you a low interest rate. If you plan to pay off the balance every month fully, the interest rate on the card probably isn't as important to you. If you intend to carry a balance from one card to a different card, you want one that allows you to make balance transfers at a reasonable rate.

3. The APR Of Things - The APR should make a great deal of difference to you. Some cards offer a great introductory rate; however, beyond this the rate may not be so appealing. The APR has an impact on the finance charges that you see on your bill. This is particularly true with those who intend to carry balances on their credit card. You want to make sure you are choosing a credit card that carries an appealing APR for cash advances, balance transfers, and purchases.

4. Fees Shouldn't Come as a Surprise. Most credit cards charge fees for many different actions. You might be charged a small free for every cash advance. You want to check out annual fees because some cards charge these while others do not. Be sure that you understand late fees and any other type of fees that exist if you exceed the limit on your credit card. There may also be many other fees accessed by the company which can include copies of statements, how you pay your bill, and returned checks.

5. Rewards. Many people decide to use a certain credit card based on rewards that the company gives due to regular use of the card. Many credit card companies offer incentives to those who use the card. Some people have been able to earn frequent flyer rewards, gift cards, discounts, and sometimes cash back. Credit cards sometimes also have specific vendors which offer more incentives. Unfortunately, credit cards that offer rewards usually charge higher interest rates as well as other types of fees.

When deciding upon which credit card you want, it is highly important that you choose the right one. Choose a credit card that you understand, including all of the fees as well as the terms and conditions that come along with the card. Also be aware of any restrictions that the card might have.
About the Author
This article was penned by Steven J. Talrechi. He has more than 10 years of expertise in credit and finance. He often writes about credit cards and he urges people to compare credit cards before getting one.
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