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How To Compare Credit Card Interest Rates

Oct 4, 2007
Sometimes if you don't read the fine print you might find yourself signing up to a credit card with extremely high interest rates. And no body wants to pay extra when they can save.

The main secret to comparing credit cards is reading through the marketing material provided, visiting their website and looking around the internet for additional information.

Comparing Annual Percentage Rates (APR)

The most important aspect of comparing credit cards is the APR. APR or annual percentage rates is to do with the amount of interest you pay on your credit card if you don't make the regular payments. APR's differ depending on the credit card company and will also change depending on the nationally set interest rates and the individual's credit rating. Comparing APR's on different credit cards is fairly important when selecting credit cards.

When reading marketing material look out for the following
* APR Rates
* Billing Structures
* Additional Fees and how they are charged

Finding The APR
One of the best ways to find out what the APR rates on a particular card is to do a quick search on the internet. There should be a link on the credit card company website about APR and rates and other financial information and rates regarding the credit card.

Watch Out For Promotional Rates
If you see a really nice offer regarding low interest rates and special bonuses from a promotion of a credit card company, note that there might be a catch to it. Most promotional offers usually last for a couple of months and what this means is that when the offer ends you'll be back to normal rates which in some cases are not worth going into. So make sure that the you'll be happy with the usual rates before you take up any promotional offers on any credit card.

Lastly when comparing credit cards you should always compare APR's of credit cards they you are considering along with activation fees and additional fees and benefits. You want to find the card with the lowest APR and fees possible. Don't forget to look at promotional offers as well sometimes you might find something worth while.
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