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I’ll give you a warning straight away: there’s no direct answer. In fact, here’s a spoiler: as many as you can manage. However, if you want the ins and outs of estimating the right number, let’s delve into the depth of credit card management. Continue reading

Credit cards are lines of credit. They can be used to make purchases, pay for services, make balance transfers and cash advances. You are required to pay back the loan amount in the future, but meanwhile you can make at least minimum payments every month before the due date. Continue reading

APR, or an annual percentage rate is, basically, the interest that you pay for borrowing money. You can find your APR in credit card terms. Usually APR is the greater the worse your credit history is. For example, for bad credit APRs tend to be around 25%, but for good or excellent credit they can come down to 12%. Continue reading

A single credit card application won’t hurt your credit score much. But if you apply for multiple cards within a short period of time, that may ruin your score significantly. Your credit score may be affected because every time you apply for a credit card or a loan, the lender reviews your credit report. This is known as a hard inquiry. They may stay in your credit report for up to two years. The more inquiries you have on your credit report, the more risky you are considered. Also, people with... Continue reading

If you were rejected, the issuer will tell you why when they deny the application. Consider the reason and try to solve the problem. Before applying for another credit card it is good to wait a couple of months. Then check your credit score. After that you can apply for a credit card that fits your credit history. Continue reading

Once you have applied, you should receive a letter within ten days letting you know if you were approved and when your card will arrive. The overall process of receiving a credit card can take up to thirty days from application to receipt of the card. Continue reading

Not necessarily. Most credit card applications will not ask for your bank account details in order to apply – they simply require that you are 18 years of age, have a valid Social Security number, have adequate credit history, and can prove that you have a method of paying your bill. That means if you use a prepaid card in place of a traditional checking account, you can still apply for a credit card. Continue reading

In some cases, maybe – but usually not. And beware: most cards that are called “instant approval” or “instant decision” are for people with limited credit and will come with low credit limits and high APRs and/or user fees. Some cards will give you a response within 60 seconds, but usually you will not be able to begin using your card until it arrives in the mail a week or so later. Continue reading

Yes, you can have someone help you fill out your credit card application if you need assistance – just make sure it is someone you trust, like a family member, close friend or financial advisor. You will need to submit sensitive personal information such as your Social Security number and income, so you want to have someone trustworthy assist you in completing the form. Continue reading

The Credit CARD Act of 2009 says that credit card issuers must give consumers a minimum grace period of at least 21 days to pay off new purchases in full without accruing interest. Most credit cards give a grace period of 25 days before interest is charged on new purchases. Continue reading

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