How To Make Choosing A Credit Card Easy

By: Joseph Kenny

With so many pre-approved credit card offers floating around and finding their way to your mail box, it can be difficult to make a good choice. Credit card companies spend hundreds of thousand of dollars each year to mail out different types of exclusive card offers to entice you to apply. What do you do? Do you take the first reasonable sounding offer that you receive? What can you do to make choosing a credit card easy?

The best starting place for making a proper decision about credit cards is to know exactly what purposes you have for owning a credit card. Once you have these reasons in mind, you have a crucial element in hand to begin looking at the different offers. As you review each card offer, you can look at what features each company includes on their cards and compare this with your individual purposes. What are common reasons or approaches for using a credit card?

There are some people who have a credit card only for emergency situations or to make special purposes and who generally pay off their card balances. However, the vast majority of credit cardholders use their cards extensively for all types of purchases and for paying monthly bills. Most of the time, these users will carry over balances month after month. Often the type of card will determine how they will be used since many cards have features and rewards that provide incentives or cardholders to user their card for specific things so they will receive something in return.

Determining which type of user you are, whether occasional or regular, will help you to make the best card choice for you. When considering different aspects of each card including the credit limit, the level of APR (annual percentage rate), other fees, and incentives programs (frequent flier miles, travel and rental insurance, rebates, etc.), you will have a better grasp of each feature.

There are three different types of credit cards offered by credit card companies. Each card has its own specific features, limitations, advantages, as well as price. You can choose among security, regular, and premium card types.

Security cards have very small limits and most require a security deposit to be paid by the customer, which will also determine the size of the credit line. Regular cards do not require any security deposits. These types of cards are the most common form of credit card, with higher credit limits than security cards. Regular cards also offer some rewards features. The final type of credit card is the premium card. This is the top of the line card with the higher limits available and they also offer the most incentives and rewards features. They are known by the gold, platinum, and titanium designations.

Again, do not settle for the first card offer you receive in the main or read about online. Do the homework. Find out what the advantages and disadvantages of each card may be and determine what it is you need a credit card for in the first place.

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