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The Benefits Of Using A Credit Card

Aug 28, 2008
Credit cards certainly make life easier when you want to make a purchase but do not have the cash on hand that will enable you to make the purchase outright. For many people they do cause them to go into financial debt when they do not handle them properly. In spite of this, there are many advantages to using a credit card.

When you book a hotel, whether you do so online, by telephone or in person, you will be unable to reserve a room without having a credit card number. You do not have to pay for the room with the credit card, but you must have one in order to make the booking. This is because when you check out, if the hotel staff find that you have caused any damage to the room, they will put the amount of the damages on your credit card. Another benefit of using a credit card to pay for your hotel rooms is that you have a record for your taxes if you are traveling for business purposes or if the company reimburses you for your expenses.

When a young person gets started working or goes to college, he/she does not have any credit rating. They can apply for a credit card with a low limit and use it to make small purchases. By making regular monthly payments, this will help that person to start building a credit rating. Contrary to what you might believe, it does not give you a good credit rating if you pay off your balance at the end of every month, even though this is a good financial practice. The best way is to only put a small amount on the card, make your monthly payment the first month and then pay off the balance in the second month.

Balance transfer credit cards allow you to transfer a balance from a credit card with a high rate of interest to one that has a low or no interest rate. Even though this is usually for an introductory period of about six months, it enables you to pay off more of your balance during that time if you still continue to make the same amount of payments. This is especially true if you transfer the balances from several cards to a new one and continue to pay the combined total of the previous payments. All of your payment will go towards paying off the balance rather than having mot of it go towards paying the interest.

With a credit card you can also budget your expenses each month and have a record of the money that you spend. Some cards will even categorize your purchases so that you know how much you spend in various areas without having to search through your monthly statement.

Some credit cards have rewards associated with them. Then when you make a purchase you accumulate points that you can use toward other things, such as air miles that you can use towards flights. You do have to realize that these cards require you to pay an annual fee for the privilege of collecting these reward points.
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Peter Kenny has been writing financial articles for 10 years and is a writer for The Thrifty Scot, please visit us at Credit Cards and Compare Credit Cards
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