Credit Cards And Choosing One

Posted by on April 24, 2012 | No Comments

Almost everyone over the age of 18 (or 21) has or wants a credit card these days and they are accepted in almost every establishment. There are three major kinds of credit card in use in America. The first main kind of credit card is travel and entertainment cards such as American Express or Diners Card. These have to be repaid completely by the end of the month and are liberal on spending limits.

The second major kind of credit card is the bank card such as Master Cards, Visa, GM, and Ford cards sponsored mainly by the banks. The bank defines the spending limits, which in bank parlance, is known as the credit line and each offers different terms and conditions. Banks offer a selection of payment methods: either pay the balance in full with no interest or pay the minimum or some part of the balance with a finance charge.

The other major kind of card is the retail store card, such as Sears, J.C. Penney, Shell or Mobil. These store cards and those issued by gas companies, which are usually known as fuel cards, are only accepted in specific countries. They hardly ever carry annual fees. There is a wide disparity in the terms and conditions for these cards.

Different types of credit cards offer different options. Some are geared toward individual consumers, while others are set up in ways that work best for small business needs. To know what sort of credit card fits your needs, you should review a few options.

How to Select a Credit Card.

Credit cards have become a part of everyday life for most people who live in the western countries. It’s becoming increasingly impossible to avoid them, especially for business men. So, if it is the first time you are thinking of entering into the world of plastic money, here are some of the basic things you should look out for.

First, compare the interest charged by all the credit cards you are interested in. While the rate may not remain fixed for ever, it’s always best for beginners to go for the one charging the lowest rates.

Make sure you study the fine print carefully, especially with regard to the other charges that may be made, like late-payment fees, annual fees, and whether there is a grace period.

Decide what spending limit is most appropriate for a person of your income. Also the fewer credit cards you have, the better placed you are to understand your spending.

You ought to compare the services such as the cash back incentives, guarantees, rebates and such like and check whether the card is accepted broadly enough to fit in with your requirements.

You will help yourself by acquainting yourself with the following terms: 1] Annual Percentage Rate: this is the yearly cost of the credit. 2] Finance Charges: these are the total charges of the transaction. 3] Period of Grace: This is the period of time the card issuer gives you before they commence charging you interest on new purchases. (NB: not all credit card issuers give a grace period).

Owen Jones, the author of this piece, writes on a variety of topics, but is now involved with Credit Card Application for Beginners. Please go to our website Using Credit Cards.. This article, Credit Cards And Choosing One is released under a creative commons attribution license.

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