Finding The Right Credit Card For YouOctober 3, 2009 - 1:44 am
More than likely, you’ve considered getting a credit card for several personal and business reasons. And, it’s almost guaranteed that you receive offers and hassle-free credit card applications in the mail on a regular basis. Applying for a credit card can be like picking out a college. Doing so can determine your future “� your financial future and stability. That is why it is so important to choose a credit card that will allow you to live sensibly every day, keep your savings where it should be, and reasonably settle your credit card balances.
There are different types of cards. Standard credit cards will allow you to have a revolving balance but only up to a specified credit limit. These credit cards have a minimum payment that must be paid before a specified date in order to escape being penalized. On the other hand, premium credit cards will offer you incentives that a standard card does not. Gold and Platinum credit cards (examples of premium credit cards) offer reward points, rebates, travel miles and upgrades, and other very appealing rewards to cardholders. Premium credit card holders will have to pay higher fees and may be required a minimum income to qualify. Standard and premium are two of the most common types of credit cards used. In your search, you may also come across travel cards, zero-percent interest cards and student credit cards. Also inquire with your banker about other cards such as charge cards, secured credit cards, prepaid credit cards and business credit cards. One type may fit you better than another.
To help narrow down the choices, you must ask yourself a few questions. How do you plan on using the credit card? Are you paying in full each month? When making this decision, know your budget and your monthly outlays. Also understand the annual percentage rate (APR) for purchases, cash advances and balance transfers that the card boasts. Keep in mind that the higher the APR, the higher your finance charge will be. Be aware of other fees the card may have, such as the late fee, over-the-limit fee and an annual fee. It’s also absolutely necessary to know your credit limit. This will influence the way you spend. If you’re a new cardholder, start with a low credit limit and first familiarize yourself with the responsibilities and implications of owning a credit card.
When making your decision about applying for a credit card, be fully ware of all terms and conditions. Do research and consult with your bank. Knowledge is power, and it may even save you money in the end, pairing you with the card best suited for you.