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Consumer Credit Card Pitfalls Could Be Costly

Nick Makaryk
Sep 16, 2008
There is not any shortage 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 all too willing to give you a discount on the day if you sign up for one of their cards, and lets face it, that extra 10% is usually tempting whoever you are. Nonetheless before you know it you will be facing yet another monthly credit card bill.

One of the biggest problems with credit cards is that they can cover up that you are actually spending money. By not actually spending cash, you can feel that your purchases are not really costing you at all. Ultimately, this is an expensive illusion and your reality can become very painful indeed if you build up too much credit card debt.

Even if you pay the minimum payment by the due date, your credit card balance is barely affected. You may not make things worse by incurring late fees, but your debt levels remain unaltered unless you can actually pay down the balance.

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: Editor, Publisher, and Founder of Best Credit Cards. A Free Consumer Credit Card Comparison site helps consumers find the right credit card while avoiding high interest rates, charges, and no fees. Compare 0% Interest Credit Cards from Visa, Master Cards, Discover, American Express.
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