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Staying Away from Consumer Credit Card Hype

Nick Makaryk
Jul 12, 2008
There definitely isn't a shortage of offers of credit cards online, in the mail, and anywhere else possible. However, it can become a hard task to maintain your credit card, and it can prove even harder to get the right credit card you need.

High Street stores are always too willing to give you some sort of discount the day you sign up for a card, and lets face it, the extra 10% discount is usually very tempting. After this discount, you find yourself stuck with another monthly credit card bill.

The biggest problem with credit cards today is that people believe that they aren't really spending money. There isns't anything missing from our wallets or purses, so it becomes very easy to pull out the card whenever and wherever we need it.

Credit cards were not made with budgeting in mind, because each month, there is a payment that has to be paid, and even though being able to meet the minimum payment does not bring about any sort of late payment fees, just look at the balance, it is more or less standing still!

Ask yourself just how long it would take you to get rid of the debt completely if you didn't charge another penny to the account. Never consider getting a new credit card to transfer a balance unless the new card offers you interest free credit for a certain amount of time, ideally the time it will take for you to pay off all of the debt.

Many of the major credit cards are accepted everywhere, no matter where you go, so one should suit you. At the most, have two. This is a much easier way to keep an eye on expenditure, rather than having five or six credit cards to sort out each month.

Another temptation of credit cards are cash advances. Companies offer these because they are easy to get your hands on, especially at ATMS. Though handy, these advances come along with a high interest that is calculated daily, so you might end up biting more than you can swallow with a cash advance.

If you are one to use an ATM regularly, you will find that your debt will build up and soar over a small time of just a few months. Interest can go as high as 24%, so avoid this. It makes much more sense to avoid temptations such as rewards and bonuses. Try to opt for a credit card with no frills, no annual fee, and a low interest rate.

When trying to establish a good credit history, you can do so by using a credit card correctly. Your payments have to be on time. It is important that your credit rating stays healthy, especially in the case that you need to buy something big, like a car. During these times, you will be rewarded for having good credit history.

As much as some of us love them, shopping sprees aren't needed. Neither are cash advances and late payments. These all go into your credit rating, so if you are looking to use your credit card to build up good credit, only spend what you know you can afford to pay back each month.
About the Author
Nick Makaryk is an Internet Publisher, Copywriter, and Founder of Best Credit Cards A Free consumer Credit Card Comparison site helps consumer minded individuals find the perfect credit card while avoiding high interest rates, charges, and no fees. Compare all Low Interest Credit Cards from accredited card issuers Visa, Master Cards, Discover, American Express.
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