Credit Cards

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What type of credit card is right for me?

If the time has come to get a new credit card you might find you’re presented with a slightly overwhelming number of options to choose from. This can make it hard work knowing where to start, which is why it’s a good idea to educate yourself about how best to go about it.

Know the different kinds of card  

When credit cards are mentioned, many people will think of them in simple terms – a piece of plastic that lets you purchase goods or services and pay for them at a later date. However, there are different types of cards to suit different circumstances.

  • Balance transfer cards – if you have existing debts then the 0 per cent interest period offered by a balance transfer credit card could help you pay the balance off at a more manageable rate. The interest free period can vary, so be sure to know how long it lasts before signing up.

  • Rewards cards – if you’re able to regularly pay off your balance each month and want to get a little something back then it might be worth going for a card with a reward scheme. What you get in return for your spending is likely to vary so be sure to compare credit cards to find the best one for you.

  • Platinum cards – a range of additional benefits are typically offered along with this kind of product, such as insurance. They normally offer a higher credit limit and are only those with a good credit rating are likely to be approved.

  • Credit cards

  • Pre-paid cards – if you’re travelling overseas or want a little added security while shopping online then a pre-paid card might be the right option for you. It can be loaded with a set amount of cash, so might be a good option for parents to give to older children heading on school trips.

Compare fees and interest rates

Perhaps the easiest way to get an overview of the interest rate you’re likely to pay on a card is to compare the Annual Percentage Rates (APR). In terms of your monthly repayments you’re always best paying for what you’ve spent by covering the full balance each month, but if you can’t do this then it’s typically better to find the lowest APR on offer. It’s also worth looking in to the charges you will face for any missed payments, or for using your card in another country.

Time to apply

Once you’ve done all this it could be time to apply. Make sure you’re aware of your credit rating before doing so and avoid making multiple applications, as this is one of the things that could harm your chances of getting accepted.

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16 comments

  1. Rachel says:

    Good tips. We personally only have one credit card that we use. I love the fact that it has rewards tied into it and we get all kinds of bonuses just for using it.

  2. We try to stick with just one now, and use it for everything recurring (and not much more) and we keep the available balance low in case it’s ever stolen.

  3. Jenn says:

    We pay off our balance every month so as long as there’s no annual fee on a card it’s fine with us.

  4. I have one credit card, but I’m starting to think that I need a second one just to make it easier to distinguish personal from business. I pay them all off every month though and I charge just for the rewards!

  5. HilLesha says:

    Great tips! I try to steer away from credit cards much as I can, though, lol. :)

  6. Angela says:

    I am down to just one card now and try to keep the balance paid off each month.

  7. Mellisa says:

    Great tips. We try and pay cash for everything if we can.

  8. Kathleen says:

    I swore off credit cards a long time ago, but a pre-paid card may be a good way for me to build up credit.

  9. Leilani says:

    I despise credit cards. I try not to use them.

  10. I don’t do credit cards and I try to pay everything with cash.

  11. Scooby-Dooby-doo where are you, we got some work to do now……

  12. Oops, please delete the above comment, I had the wrong window open. So sorry!

  13. I like the reward cards the best!

  14. Stefanie says:

    I don’t use credit cards anymore.

  15. Toni says:

    Great tips. It’s always best to know what you are signing up for before you do it.

  16. Colleen says:

    I only have a few credit cards and I pay them off immediately. I use one mainly for bills so I can put them on auto pay and then instead of paying 5 bills a month I pay one credit card bill.

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