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Why are credit cards important?

Answered on | Updated on June 9th, 2010
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Credit cards are convenient for everyone as you can do shopping and pay later. Another convenience is that you need not carry money with you. With many companies offering many options, you can now avail of a credit card which offers the best packages for you. If you are a student or an adult who wish to apply for a credit card, then follow some of the management credit card tips given below.

Credit card, being a lucrative business, there are many big corporations in this field who offer many incentives. The recent addition is the low interest credit card. But before you sign up for a credit card, you should be aware of the terms and conditions, the interest and fees that would be charged. Students or teenagers may not be aware of the charges and it would be wise to consult someone and understand the bank charges and other terms and conditions before you apply for a credit card. You should understand how the interest is calculated. You should be aware of the penalty fee, balance transfer fee and any other finance charges. If you are not aware of these charges and you sign the application, you have to abide by the terms and conditions.

Be sure to get a credit card that suits your financial capabilities. You need to make monthly payments and if you avail of one that is above your limitations you may end up with uncontrolled debt and bad credit. When you receive your monthly statements, check to see that all the charges are accurate. If you find any charges which you have not incurred, immediately clarify. Many credit card companies offer O% APR for prompt payment, so check and make sure you make the payment in time. Use your credit card only when you really need to use it. Try to keep your charges minimal so that you can easily pay the balance every month. Prompt payment will avoid additional charges like late fees, interest etc.

Many company’s offer you reward or incentive options. Be sure to accumulate enough points and avail of the rewards. There are instant approval cards which allow you to apply for a card online and receive instant approval. Usually a card takes two to three weeks for approval but with the stiff competition, companies are offering instant credit cards too.

There are different type of credit cards that offer lucrative options and incentives. So go through the terms and conditions before you apply for one. Credit card usage has many benefits, but if used carelessly it can get you in trouble. You should prove yourself to be smart enough and manage your finances without getting in trouble. With careful planning and a little self discipline, you can definitely enjoy the advantages of a credit card. Proper use of the credit card with timely payments will build an excellent credit foundation for yourself.

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