Credit cards have a variety of uses in modern day living, for example you might need to book flights for which you don’t have the money upfront. In this situation you could use your credit card to make the purchase and then pay the balance off each month until you’re back at zero.
A major bonus of credit cards is the fact they are accepted all over the world from Australia to Austria. You need to look out for the logo that belongs to your credit card, usually displayed in the windows of stores and shops worldwide, and then you can shop until your heart’s content.
You can also use your credit card to purchase goods over the telephone and online, as well as in person, which adds to the convenience by paying with plastic.
Before you apply for a credit card it helps to think about how you will actually use the card. If you plan to settle the full balance every month then a card that has no annual fee and longer payment terms might be suitable for you.
If you think that you might carry over a balance from month to month then a card that offers a lower interest rate might be what you need. The lower the interest the better, as you end up paying less money back in the long-term.
If you plan to use your card to get cash advances it is wise to look for a card with low interest and lower fees on cash advances. Some cards charge more interest for cash advances than for purchases so this is a point worth checking before signing on the dotted line.
The annual percentage rate (APR) is the way of stating the interest rate you will pay if you carry over a balance, take out a cash advance, or transfer a balance from another card. The APR states the interest as a yearly rate so make sure you compare like for like when weighing up different cards.
Some credit card companies offer introductory APR rates so remember that a different rate will apply once the introductory offer expires.
Using a credit card can help to build a strong credit rating for yourself, which is a handy benefit when it comes to applying for loans and mortgages in the future. Bear in mind you need to pay your credit card balance off and use the card sensibly in order to boost your credit rating.
If you fail to keep up with credit card repayments you may in fact damage your credit rating and cause financial complications for yourself.
Using credit cards to pay for household bills and expenses is an easy way to keep all your spending in one place and makes it easy to track your finances. Just remember to pay the minimum balance off each month!
Victoria Cochrane writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.