Find the Credit Card That's Right for You
Choosing the correct credit card is a difficult decision that is based on many factors. There are thousands of credit cards available of the market today, and each one has different payment terms, interest rates, and rewards perks. Sorting through all of the different offers can be time consuming and complicated. Fortunately, there are ways to save time when looking for a credit card.
Start by deciding which issue is most important to you: interest rate or rewards. If you frequently carry a balance on a credit card from month to month, then you'll want to find a credit card with a low interest rate. If you usually pay off your balance every month, rewards will be a more important factor when deciding on a credit card.
Whether you're looking for cards with a low interest rate or great rewards, start by looking through the cards listed at Fatwallet.com. Ideally, find about five or ten cards with offers that interest you. These cards should have great interest rates, low or no annual fees, and/or a great rewards program. Don't worry about the details on these cards just yet.
Make a spreadsheet from this list with a row for each of the cards you are interested in. On the sheet create a column for each of the following categories:
- Name of the card
- Annual fee
- APR, otherwise known as the interest rate
- Rewards program
Next, start eliminating cards with the worst deals. If you carry a balance, be sure to eliminate the cards with the highest interest rates. For people shopping for a good rewards card, eliminate cards with poor programs. For cards with annual fees, make sure the rewards will make up for the fee. If it doesn't cross the card off your spreadsheet.
Finally, read the fine print for each of the remaining cards, make sure your spreadsheet accurately reflects what you will actually pay, and make a decision.
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