Choose a Credit Card, the Right One of Course

By: Art Taylor

The first thing you will need to decide when choosing a credit card, is why you need one. Some people choose to get a credit card for cash flow purposes. With a credit card, you can make purchases and buy things, leaving your paycheck or other income source in your bank account to draw interest. This way, your money will grow while you continue to buy the things you need. Then at the end of the month, you can simply pay your bill.

Others will select a credit card and use it for instant cash purposes. This way, they can use their credit card at an ATM and get instant cash, which is great for travel or going on an extended vacation. If this is why you want a credit card, you should look for one that has the lowest rate possible for instant cash transactions.

With a credit card, you will also need to think about the payments. You will need to determine if you want to pay the balance in full each month, or the required amount. When you select your credit card, you should look at the introductory rate, balance transfer rate, and other offers that may apply to new credit cards and new card holders. Some will offer you truly exceptional deals, especially if you have good credit.

Another significant area to peruse when choosing your credit card is the incentives. There are a few cards out that will give you incentives, i.e. reward points and cash back with purchases, cash back that you can use towards paying back what you owe. There are several incentives types available with credit cards, all you have to do is look around and compare.

The key area you will need to look at and compare is the APR (Annual Percentage Rate). The APR is what you will pay on what you buy when the incentive period runs out. APR rates will vary among credit cards, so it is always in your best interest to compare and shop around. The lower APR rate you get, the better off you will be.

Another concern with choosing your credit card is the minimum monthly payment amount. Most minimum payment balances will start around 3%, although some can be lower others tend to be quite a bit higher. The interest free period is a concern as well, as you will obviously want to choose the longest period available to keep the payments down.

When you make that final decision and choose your credit card, you should make sure that you know exactly what you are getting. Credit cards are great to have, although they can lead to a financial downfall if you do not choose them carefully. If you put some time and research into choosing your credit card, you will find the best one for you. As long as you take care of your credit card and pay the bill on time, you will help raise your credit limit and eventually be able to purchase even bigger items - such as a car or even a house.

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