Did you know that global credit card adoption is currently hovering around the 75% mark? With this thought in your mind, is it any wonder why the economic situation is where it’s at right now?
However, while the situation may be heavily credit related, it’s important to remember that this doesn’t mean that you can’t and shouldn’t access credit, it is a reminder that you should only do so responsibly.
If you are considering taking out a line of credit, such as a credit card, this article has some tips to share.
Don’t Consolidate the Fine Print
Debt consolidation credit cards are one of the most common forms of credit cards and arguably one of the most attractive. After all, who wouldn’t want to cut all of their interest rates in half while only having to make only monthly payment? However, it’s important to read the fine print for these promotions.
Many of these offers will only provide the reduced interest rate for a set period of time. After this time has expired, you can expect the interest rate to go back to either the average at the time or a preset and higher rate.
If you are going to consolidate your debt into one credit card, be sure that you can make the repayments required to clear your debt in its entirety before the promotional interest rate period expires.
Are There Benefits to the Benefits?
Each credit card comes with its own rewards. Some of them will offer you discounts from the Groupon Coupons page for Balsam Hill, other will offer you gift vouchers for grocery stores, some will offer you discounted flights while others will straight up offer you the ability to transfer your points into credit. Whichever rewards program you choose, be sure that you will really take advantage of it.
- If the rewards program offers you enough points to make a free flight every year, be sure that the points don’t expire before you can accumulate enough.
- If the rewards program includes reduced rates on hotel accommodation, be sure that it doesn’t include black-out dates, or that you can travel within the allowable time frames.
Items like this are important because once you pay your yearly credit card subscription fee, you are locked into the associated program, so be sure that it suits your needs.
Of course, none of this matters if you can’t afford to make the payments for your card. For this task, formalize your financial situation with a budget. Understand your monthly financial incomes and obligations to realize just how much you can afford to spend each month. If you are able to make the minimum monthly payment if the card was at its maximum then the card isn’t for you.
The reason to prepare so drastically is that accumulating credit card is a surprisingly easy thing to do. For this reason, many people find that their cards are maxed out much sooner than they thought they would be, and they aren’t able to make each of their required payments.
When it comes to credit cards, the providers aren’t the enemy. In fact, there is no enemy if an informed choice is being made. If you have any questions about a credit card during the application, be sure to ask the provider and, if you aren’t satisfied with their answer, seek an additional credit service.