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Making Sure You Get a Good Deal on Your Credit Card

Aug 18, 2007
An increasing number of consumers are becoming reliant on their credit cards these days, and there are some very good deals available. However, industry professionals are warning consumers to make sure that they read the small print in order to ensure that the credit card they are using offers good value for money and is well suited to their needs and circumstances. The aim of credit card companies is, of course, to make a profit, and there are a number of strategies that they use in order to make money from consumers.

One thing to look out for with credit cards is costly annual fees, which can vary quite dramatically from one card issuer to another, and can work out very costly in some cases. Many cards do not charge an annual fee, so finding a suitable card on which annual fees are not charged should not be too difficult. Another thing to watch out for is the interest rate that is charged, as again this can vary quite significantly and can make a big difference to the total amount that you repay.

The best policy when using a credit card it to only use it for convenience and pay it off in full every month. This means only buying things on your credit card when you actually have the money to pay for it. If you do this, your credit card shipping outlook changes completely. Instead of worrying about getting a low interest rate, you get to find out which credit cards offer the best rewards. Since you intend to pay your balance off in full every month, you will never be paying any interest. Another benefit of only using your credit card when you have the money to back it up is that you will never get yourself into debt and you won't be throwing money away on interest payments.

Credit cards charge quite hefty fees for cash transactions and withdrawals, and this is something that you need to bear in mind if you plan to use your card to make this sort of transaction. You could really bump up your balance by using your card to make cash withdrawals and transactions, so wherever possible use your credit card to make purchases rather than withdrawals. Another factor to consider is the charge that the credit card applies for late payments or for exceeding your limit. Many people inadvertently go over their credit limit or make late payments now and again, and credit cards will usually slap a hefty penalty fee onto your balance for doing this.
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