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Comparing Credit Card Deals

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As far as credit card company representatives go, each company’s credit card deals are the best credit card deals around and to even think about going to a competitor is blasphemy. There isn’t even any point in looking, according to the company reps, because all you will end up doing is surprising yourself at finding out just how lousy the credit card deals offered by other companies are in comparison to the great credit card deals offered by their company.

We might forgive the credit card company reps for this tired rhetoric; after all, it is their job to sell credit card deals to consumers and some of them that perform well get paid a lot of money to do so.

According to a recently released survey, more than ¾ of the American population have signed up for credit card deals; a staggering number any way you look at it. Credit card companies already have a lot of business and they’re able to grow rich off of the customers they already have.

Still, it is in their nature to not be satisfied when it comes to the number of customers they possess and they are always looking for new ways to sell credit card deals to new people.

As a savvy consumer either looking for their first credit card deal or else looking to add new credit card deals to their already existing list, there are many ways that you can take advantage of this competitive nature of credit card companies and land yourself the perfect credit card deal in the process.

Step #1 – Know Yourself. If you don’t know yourself, then how ever are you going to be able to know which credit card deal will suit you the best? The short answer is that you won’t be able to know!

Think about the things that you want most right now and think about the things that you could use the most right now. Have you been planning to save up for a vacation but never quite seem to have the money to do it? Are you strapped for cash and find that even an extra few dollars a month could really help?

Sit down and make list of all of these things. You might find that a surprisingly large number of them could be affected positively by good credit card deals (such as a wish to save up for a vacation).

Once you know generally what it is you want, you’ll also know generally what kind of credit card deals would be best for you. All credit card deals offer something positive, but only some credit card deals offer you something positive.

Step #2 – Understand the Different Kinds of Cards Available. You could arguably do this before step one but I suggest it as step two because if you understand what it is you want, when you do the research on credit card types you’ll almost immediately be able to rule some of them out. In a very general sense, the major credit card deals are listed below.

Balance Transfer Credit Card Deals: These are new credit card deals that are likely only going to help people that already have a lot of debt so if you are a consumer looking into obtaining your very first credit card, you can probably just skip these.

These are good credit card deals that can be used to transfer your balance from other, higher interest credit cards. They usually offer very low introductory interest rates and provided that a lower interest rate will really help you pay off the balance much sooner, are great credit card deals for people looking for a change.

Low Interest Credit Card Deals: These are different from balance transfer credit card deals in that these credit cards offer continually low interest and do not require a balance transfer for the lower interest rate to kick in. These are usually only going to be available to low risk consumers with good credit but sometimes you truly never know with a credit card company unless you ask.

Cash Back Credit Card Deals: These are credit card deals that offer a cash rebate based on the amount of purchases you make with them. If you’re the kind of person that puts everything on their credit card for budgeting purposes, then the cash rebate you get might actually be in the amount of a few hundred dollars each year, definitely useful extra money for most consumers.

Rewards Program Credit Card Deals: Some of today’s top credit card deals have reward programs attached to them. These can be air miles, frequent buyer points or anything else you can think of. The point is that they offer non-cash incentives for their use and many people have been able to fund entire vacations simply by using their reward programs to their fullest.

Step #3 – Be Patient. You now very likely have a very good idea of what you want out of your credit card deals and once you’ve reached this step you are in a very good place. You can begin to scout out good credit card deals and start looking for top credit card deals that will really suit you and what you want.

The only thing to keep in mind is that you need to be patient during this step. Your perfect credit card deals are out there waiting for you but if you jump at the first offer you get, you’re only going to miss out on offers that are potentially better. Be patient and wait for that truly great credit card deal to come along. When a credit card is perfect for you, you will definitely know.

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[Wednesday, September 21, 2011]
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