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A credit card is a basic need for most people these days. More than being a necessity, it is more of a convenience for most people. Having a credit card is not about having extra spare cash to spend but more about having a means to carry a huge amount of cash in your wallet without security concerns. This should be the reason for having a credit card in the first place.
Each credit card comes with a credit limit and an interest rate. You can only spend as much as the credit limit says you can. And the interest rate will define how much extra amount you will have to pay back to the bank as interest for all the purchases that you make on the credit card. Also look for credit reward while shopping around for credit cards. You can get a lot of good deals these days by doing a little bit of ground work before going out to do the investment.
Start your shopping by first gathering information. This involves looking into magazines and newspaper ads to decide which bank is giving out the best deals. The internet is another place to shop around for good deals. The application process begins with you first filling up the application form either at the bank or online through the internet website. Make sure that you fill out all the information sincerely to the best of your knowledge. Also call the toll free number of the bank to clarify any doubts that you may have regarding the application. Check for details about interest free periods, penalties, security features, cash advances, grace periods and also credit card rewards.
If you are sure that a particular company`s deal is the best for your needs, the next step is to fulfill the application requirements. All banks will require that you are at least eighteen years of age to get a credit card. Some will also require you to have gainful employment in order to qualify. Sometimes a bank might also need you to have a minimum balance on your savings account in order to have access to a back up amount in case you default on your outstanding balance.
Once you satisfy all the requirements, make sure you actually need all the features that are being offered on a credit account. Try to negotiate for a better deal if you do not require certain features on the card. You can also renegotiate on the terms and conditions if you have been a customer with the bank for a sufficient period of time. it all depends on the amount of trust that you have built with the bank over the years that you have been associate with them.