Choose the right rewards card for a blissful life

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Choose the right rewards card for a blissful life


Updated: December 26, 2012

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Credit cards are a reality that most people cannot live without. Today there are so many different types of cards for all kinds of people. While these cards have grown to be an essential part of our lives, we should also look at how we use these cards. When we are in an emergency situation where we may not have cash at hand or an ATM nearby these cards are often an only resort. It is also important though to make sure that you are also able to pay off your monthly dues on the credit card. Most credit card companies will have certain agreements and due dates within which you must pay a minimum amount. Check that you get a grace period when you apply within which you can make the payment without being reported late to the credit bureaus. If you do not have this option then make sure you shop carefully and close all outstanding balances within the stipulated period. Far too many people have problems with their credit card bills. A lot of people are victim to impulse buying. The minute they see something that they find attractive, whether they need it or not they just buy it. This can be quite a disastrous way of going about things, especially on a high interest card. Whether you do it for a reward or a cash back offer, at the end of it when the bills come you will have to pay. Not paying would result in a bad credit history and it is important that you make sure you do not give into those marketing emails and messages. You can even disable notifications about being close to a reward, if it will help with reducing your impulse buying. rewards cards can be a dangerous affair and the American consumer does not realize the error until it is too late. When you use a credit card, you need to also use it responsibly. Rather than consider it as an extra paying power at hand, use it only for those purchases which are important and you know you can afford to pay off. Always keep in mind that a large credit limit does not mean you max out your card every time. The bills will have to be paid by you and reward cards often come with higher interest and annual fees. If you wish to have a good reward card, then pick one with a feature that is most useful to you. For discounts on select brands, choose it only of that is a store you frequent. Make sure you know what you are signing up for with the reward cards or else you will find yourself with too many bills. Credit cards with rewards can seem like a real blessing many times, if you use them right. If you are frequent flier, then a card that awards you miles on every flight for every dollar spent will definitely be meaningful. If your purchases are of a bulk nature, you can also opt for a business card that will offer better rewards and a more extensive credit limit.

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