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How To Choose A Credit Card To Meet Your Needs

Aug 17, 2007
Choosing the right credit card that is most suitable for your needs will take a little work, but it certainly will prove to be worthwhile in the long run. Whether you want it so that you don't have to carry cash with you, or you are a businessperson who is looking to have an accurate record of all business-related expenses, there will usually be one card that is a little more beneficial to your situation than others. Here are some things to look for to help you get that perfect credit card.

Determine Your Primary Use of The Credit Card

Probably the most important question to ask up front is what do you want to use your credit card for most? This should largely determine what kind of card you need to look for. For instance, if you are in business for yourself, or if you travel a lot for your business, then there are a couple of cards that will really help you save some money.

If you fly a lot, then go for a credit card that will give you a lot of air miles up front, and will also give you a lot of options that you can use the points for. It should also have an option of allowing your points to be used for hotel rooms and possibly car rentals.

If you drive a lot, then go for a gas card that gives you rebates on your gasoline, and make sure your points can go toward car rentals, or towards a new car. There are also business credit cards that will not only help you with these things, but will also allow you to use your points toward the purchase of new office equipment and other similar things that every business needs.

On the other hand, if you are a student, or a mother just wanting to use it for more simple expenditures, like gas, food, prescriptions, and some pizza money, then you just want a regular card that will reward you for these type of expenditures. On these items, you can expect to get up to 3% rebate, possibly more on other types of purchases. Many cards may only give you 1% of a rebate, but by looking around, you can get the 3%.

Needs For Debt Consolidation?

If you have found yourself getting in debt pretty deeply from credit cards, then you can use a new credit card to actually help you eliminate some of the debt. Here's how. Get a 0% APR interest credit card that will give you the opportunity to have balances transferred to it - but make sure that there is not any balance transfer fees.

Many credit cards have these fees, but there are just as many that do not have them. Why pay for it when you can get this option for free from someone else? You also want to be sure that the introductory benefits last for at least one year; some only last for three months. Then, if you still have debt on this card, be sure to get yourself another card before the year expires, and give yourself another year of 0% APR interest on it.

Getting The Most Benefits From Your Credit Card

No matter what benefits you have attached to your credit card, you will not enjoy much of them unless you do two things. The first thing that you need to be sure to do is to pay your credit card bills on time so that you do not pay the monthly late fees. Being late even once with some credit card companies is all the excuse they need to charge you the full amount of interest - from that point on. A second thing is to pay off the bill in full each month, in order to avoid the interest charges, after the introductory period expires.

Establish A Good Credit Rating

With something as simple as too much debt owed on a credit card, many people have wiped out the possibility of buying some of the bigger items they may really want - like that nice house that they have dreamed of for so long. The best credit card will also help you to build up, maintain, or repair your credit rating, too; if it is used wisely.
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Joe Kenny writes for the Credit Card Guide, offering views on UK credit cards, visit them today for some great 0% balance transfer offers and start clearing credit card debt today.
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