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How To Unravel Fact From Fiction When Deciding On The Right Credit Card

Aug 17, 2007
When you go check your mail how many credit cards are there in the box? Most people get a credit card offer in the mail every week; one credit card company or another is trying to get you to get their card. Before you make your choice of cards, you may want to check a few things to make sure you are getting a good card.

One thing you will need to look at is bank in which the card comes from. If you like to travel you will want a card that is accepted all over the world. You don't want to be on vacation and find out that your card is not accepted. You will want to check and see where your card is accepted, as some are more widely accepted than others, if you do not travel much this will not be as big of a concern for you.

Next you will want to look at interest rates. If you are a person who pays their card off at the end of every month this will not be as big of a concern to you. If you pay the full balance you will not get charged any interest. For those that cannot pay the whole balance every month, you will want to know what your interest rate is. The lower your rate is the better. The less money you have to waste on interest the better off you will be. Make sure you read all the information about the interest rate. Usually you start out with one interest rate, and if you make late payments they will up your interest rate. You will want to know what the default rate will be on your card just in case they try to do this. Make sure you read the fine print to make sure you know everything you need to know.

Another thing you will want to check is if there is an annual fee. Some cards will charge you a fee every year just for having your card. Other cards may only charge you an annual fee if you don't have a certain balance, or a balance for a certain amount of time. Other cards will not charge you an annual fee at all. Make sure you look into this too before you choose your card.

Reading the fine print is always a good idea. You want to make sure you know exactly what you are getting before you choose your card. If you don't read carefully you may find yourself paying more than you planned on, and nobody enjoys that. Compare different cards before you make your final decision, and choose the one that is best for your needs.
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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as credit card services at http://www.creditcardservicesonline.com
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