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A few tips when browsing through credit card deals

2007-08-28

So, you have finally decided to get a hold of some plastic money. Today's market is full of offers ready to meet a vast variety of expectations. Even though new credit cards are being introduced every day, the system behind plastic has not been changing for quite some time. No major changes or credit card types have been introduced lately, which highlights the fact that credit cards have reached their state of perfection.

However, like any other market, credit card industry has its own shades and flaws. Credit card companies have been trying to fight fraud ever since it appeared, while governments were ruling out unfair practice of certain card issuers.

With the amount of credit card deals that almost every single person in America is getting bombarded with, it is very hard to choose a card that would best meet his desires. Millions of USA citizens get preapproved for credit cards that they have no information about. To avoid ending up in a situation with sky high debts, a wise approach should be employed when choosing a credit card.

First of all, there are certain things you need to decide prior to applying for a card. Think of why you are applying for a card in the first place. If you are planning a trip, a hotel rewards card will do best. If you are planning on financing your business then you won't go wrong with the business card.

Next, if you have doubts about your spending habits and you have a reason to worry about falling into debt, it would be wise to decide what type of credit card you need. Prepaid or secured credit cards are your best choice if you want to reduce the risks of overusing your card. Those are also good at establishing or repairing credit history. Unsecured cards are best as long as you can keep track of your expenses and pay off balances on time.

Talking about monthly payments, make sure to apply for a card with the limit that you have financial power to cover in shortest time possible. And don't forget about whatever financial charges the fine print of your credit card agreement states. You do not want to sign up for a card with unfavorable fees and rates.

There are tons of credit card deals that have 0% introductory APRs and other attractive, but temporary rates. Such offers are targeted at unsuspected consumers who get easily enticed into unfair deals. Don't become one of them! Make sure to familiarize yourself with every rate and fee that a card has.

Last but not least, there are reward programs to fit any taste. Many people argue that reward and bonus programs are just another set of tools to entice potential cardholders and increase profits of credit card companies. This is partially true, but there is also a way to take advantage of whatever rewards you are being offered without paying any fees.

Once the data mining process ends, it's time to make a final decision. Don't rush, take some time and compare whatever information you have collected so far. Always keep in mind, that credit cards come at a cost, however, it's your responsibility and duty to minimize them. You may need to construct a comparison table of your own for this. Give yourself the trouble of doing that - it will only benefit you.

There are tons of articles written on proper usage of credit cards. Some of them provide useful information on such things as hidden costs, debt consolidation and balance transfers. After all, the outcome of credit card usage solely depends on you. So, employ some of your analysis skills and go ahead and explore the credit card market to a find a card that best fits you.

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[Sunday, December 18, 2011]
Chase Bank recently announced the redesign of its Visa credit cards - allowing more space on the front for the Chase logo. This new design is in trial mode currently but Visa has pans to roll out its new design to other financial institutions in order to increase the branding and logo visibility of the individual issuing banks.
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[Friday, October 28, 2011]
Debit and credit: they`re both plastic, why not consolidate them? The Cinncinati-based Fifth Third Bank, is the first to offer the DuoMasterCard which consolidates both a checking and a credit card account into one card.
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[Wednesday, September 21, 2011]
It really pays when you do the right thing. Take credit cards for instance, having a clean credit profile really does help. Those who managed to maintain a squeaky clean credit report during the recession can now jump with joy, as they will get some of the best deals from credit card issuers.
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