Working out your credit scores


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Working out your credit scores

Updated: December 26, 2012

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Every person in America will say that credit cards are something they cannot do without. From the beginning when it was introduced till now it has been an important part of people's lives and it continues to remain essential if not indispensable. However many think with extra spending power at hand they can just buy whatever they want. Particularly when they get a large credit limit, they tend to forget that they must be able to afford what they buy. Credit cards require that people pay back what they owe within a set time period or else they will have to pay much more on account of rising interest rates and annual fees. Most people do not bother with reading all the fine print. Later they get a shock at seeing that whatever they paid for went to wards covering for the high APR on the card or other fees. This ends up making them feel burdened, as whatever they pay does not bring down the outstanding balance. In such cases some people skip paying and decide to abscond altogether, this is the worst anyone can do as it will permanently damage the credit scores. At least a late payment will not be as damaging as not making any payment at all. Make sure you have complete knowledge of all the fees and additional charges on your card. When opting for cards do not rely on the marketing email. It will promise many things. When you apply and get it, you may get a card with a high annual fee and interest rate and what you get will also be based on your credit scores. You cannot expect that you get attractive rewards and coupons on your cards for free. It will cost you. If you feel your debit to credit ratio is skewed then take care that you do not opt for it. In that case, you will find that you have to pay over the top continually struggling to deal with your debts. Always spend below your maximum credit limit. Hen you spend a lot and your card is always maxed out that is also going to make your credit scores drop. If you have a lot of credit card debt and your interest rate being high is creating problems with being able to pay off what you owe, then take some time to re-evaluate things. Research thoroughly and find out bout the balance transfer offers available. When working with a good balance transfer offer, you can figure out how to bring down your debt. As you will get time to pay off the outstanding amount by moving your balance to a new card that is zero interest. When doing this also check that the 0- interest period is not limited , if it is find out about interest rate after the period and if you can change following that. Some cards have a clause saying once you change you cannot again. Credit cards must be used carefully, do not regret or find yourself having to repent for spending later!

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