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Choosing The Right Credit Card In Three Easy Steps

Dec 12, 2007
Choosing the right credit card may not occur to some people as a major issue that they need to look into. Instead, those people just find the first deal that appeals to them and apply accordingly. What they do not realize is that they may actually be causing their financial future serious harm by not thinking the application through properly. Are there better deals around? What is the APR, or interest rate? How might the repayment affect me if I happen to spend more on the card than I wanted to? All of these questions have to be asked and answered in order to find the right credit card for you in the short and long term.

There are ways and means of choosing the right credit card for you. In fact, you can actually achieve it in three easy steps, all of which are outlined below!

1. Firstly, decide on which type of card you actually want. The most popular are Visa and MasterCard because they can be used almost everywhere, whereas other types of card cannot. However, within the Visa and MasterCard range, there are many variations that you need to consider. For example, do you want a standard card or a gold or platinum one? If you earn less than 20,000 then you should be applying for a standard card anyway. Then there are the charity cards, offer cards, reward cards and various other types of card that are available, but this information should be disregarded. They will all have apparently good offers attached but the only thing that should really decide on is what general type of card that you want. The rest is simply packaging that means nothing because it is simply aimed at attracting consumers.

2. The second thing that you need to do is examine the interest rates. Credit cards so not have one staple rate that you have to adhere to and/or pay back. Instead, there is a vast array of interest rates, or APRs, available with the lowest for a credit card starting at around 10% and the going right up to 25%. The higher APRs are often hidden in the small print, but the cards with lower APRs advertise them so as to attract new custom. There will also be introductory offers so you may want to read the small print anyway to make sure that all interest rates actually last for the foreseeable future instead of for the first six months.

3. Tailor the card to your specific wants and needs. Do you want it for purchases or balance transfers? If it is the latter then you may want to narrow your search down to the top five cards in terms of APR and then examine the offers that are on. Some card companies offer 0% on balance transfers for a set period of time. If you have balance transfers then this could aid your quest to pay off all debts that you have. When that debt is gone then you still have a low APR just in case you do need to make a purchase at any given time.

Regardless of what you want or need a credit card for, when choosing the right one for you, you should always read the small print and make sure you are fully aware of what the card is offering you. This may help you to avoid problems further down the line in terms of debt.
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