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How to find the best credit cards when you have a bad credit score?

Answered on | Updated on July 21st, 2011
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When you have ended up with a bad credit score, you need not automatically assume that you will not get a credit card. You can still find some of the best credit cards for your use, despite the credit scores you have. When you are late on a payment or you miss out on making a payment on time that affects your credit score.  People often do not realize that the best credit cards are not the same for everyone, what works for someone else will not work for you automatically. It’s not that a credit card is specifically designed for your use but that you have to use it according to the terms on the card.

It is always important to strike a balance in your spending habits when it comes to credit cards if you want to avoid the over the top bills. The best credit cards to begin with if you are a first timer are the ones with lower interest rates and a lower credit limit. That way you cannot go beyond a certain amount on your spending. This will allow you to pay off what you owe fast and maintain a good credit score. Once you have the confidence that you will not spend more than you can pay off, you can opt for a higher credit limit and lower interest rates on account of your good credit scores.

When you have bad credit, the best credit cards you can get are prepaid cards or secured cards. With prepaid cards, you are just paying an amount based on which you will be having a balance to spend with. Check for prepaid cards which are suited to your needs and do not make too many additional charges applicable each time you spend using it.  There are also a lot of secured credit cards available in the market. There are enough and more people who make use of these cards during times when they are having a bad credit score. They are the lifeline and the best way to move your credit score to a better position. Bad credit scores do not mean that you cannot get the best credit cards. You need to spend some time researching on your options and then pick out one that is more suited to your needs. You can even find secured credit cards that will send reports to the credit bureau.

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