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There are many different kinds of credit cards in the market. What people choose out of those available will depend on a number of different factors including the reward programs on it, the interest rates or Annual Percentage Rates, the annual fees or any other kind of additional fees. Most cards come with a definite annual fee and an interest rate. Especially when it comes to high end cards with many exclusive privileges and deals there is bound to be a high annual fee that is part of the package.
If you want to play it safe as a first timer, then go for a card that is prepaid or even one that has a low credit limit. That way there is no danger of overspending and you will be able to get used to paying up a certain amount every month. It is when you opt for an overly expensive card and lose track of what you can afford thinking of it as free money that things go wrong. A credit card is not necessarily an expensive affair, if you use it right. Closing your monthly balance is important. Some people have a wrong idea that leaving some balance to carry over is wiser if you wish to have a good credit score. This is detrimental to your credit report, it is better to close the balance.
Creditors do not like it when the cards are maxed out or when over 70% of the balance has been crossed. The more you narrow it down and close the outstanding amount, the better your score.
If at all you have ended up with a poor credit history because of neglect or inability to pay, it is never too late to start. There is debt counseling available for giving you guidance when you are stuck. You can prepare a detailed spreadsheet outlining what you need to pay and to whom. Then you can start by paying off on the card with the highest interest rates. Next step is to also discuss with your creditors what your options are. If they are willing to grant you any grace period as all, state your own ultimatum to them, tell them you will do a balance transfer. With the tough competition there is in the market, they will try to work out some kind of a deal.
There will be many companies that will be willing to offer you some excellent offers for a balance transfer. They will have 0 charges on balance transfer and also deals where you can actually get 0% interest as well for a certain introductory period. This time span may be for a year or for six months. Even if you have bad credit there will be specific companies that offer balance transfer deals for people with bad credit. What you need to understand first and foremost is that your situation has a solution and it is one that I common. With planning you can work things out and deal with your debt.