Credit cards are just like any form of credit, you should shop
around to find the best deal. Depending on your situation, you
may want to find a card with low rates, a reward program, or a
0% APR for transfers. Make sure you look at several credit card
companies to find the best deal for you.
Credit card companies offer several different types of
incentives to entice you to open an account with them. These
rewards can save you money or earn you trips or cash back. If
you plan on always paying off your monthly balance, then a
reward program, such as airline miles or cash back, may be for
If you plan on carrying a balance on your new credit card, then
look for the lowest rate. You will want a no frills card with no
annual fees. You can also choose a card with a low introductory
fee, usually lasting six months to a year, if you plan to pay
off the balance soon.
For transfers, look for offers of 0% APR. These offers typically
last for six to twelve months, but they can save you a bundle on
interest. However, be aware that rates on these cards can shoot
up after the grace period.
Finding Credit Card Companies
I'm sure you have received several credit card offers in the
mail this week, but you can find better deals online. The major
financing companies offer special reward bonuses and special
programs for students or small business owners.
Look at what each credit card company is offering along with
their rates. You may also want to choose a card that you don't
already have. While American Express and Discover offer
excellent rewards, they aren't accepted by everyone. Plan on
having at least two different types of cards.
Always Watch For Deals
Once you have your credit card, continue to look at credit card
offers. You may find an especially low rate or a good rewards
program. You can easily apply for the card, then close an old
credit card account. While having several different types of
credit lines are good for your credit history, too many open
credit card accounts can hurt your score.