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Which Low Rate Credit Card Will Work Well For You?

Nick Makaryk
Sep 17, 2008
Today, even more then ever before, it has become increasingly inconvenient and very dangerous to carry large amounts of cash with you where ever you may go. Which makes carrying a credit card a simple way to pay your daily expenses without the hidden dangers of carrying cash.

But, the repayment of your charges is not quite as simple as swiping your card through a machine. Although there are many credit card companies out there that offer low interest rate cards , there are slight differences in the different kinds of low rate cards available which will work differently.

Get a Fixed Rate

As always, you should read the fine print when you are shopping for a low rate, a slight difference is the way a card type is being phrased can mean something completely different. When you are shopping for one, select one with a fixed rate.

Although this does not mean the rate stays the same forever, you do get a warning when the rate changes, often a period of fifteen days precedes the actual change rate. A rule of thumb when selecting a card is that the card with a fixed rate is better than that with a variable rate. A variable rate card has a rate that can change regularly and this can really have an impact on your payments and your wallet.

Credit History Factor

It is not only easier to apply for a credit card when you have good credit history but it also makes it easier for you to choose the best low rate. By looking back at your credit history and spending habits you can get a good assumption of what type of card can benefit you better. The first thing you need to look at is how good you are at repaying your credit card debt.

If you have been late with payments in the past then you should looking for a higher interest rate but a lower late fee rate. This type of card could save you money if you have a habit of making late monthly payments.

A good idea when selecting a low rate is to go through all the fees and monthly payments you will have to face. Besides looking at the interest rate, you should also look at the over-the-limit fees and interest on cash advances you might be forced to make. A credit card with a slightly higher rate but more flexible fees in other areas might be a much better choice for you rather than the first low rate credit card that turns up in your mailbox.
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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