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Is that Credit Card Right for me?

Is that Credit Card Right for me?

Applying for a credit card is a big financial decision. This is why you need to answer all the right questions before moving forward.

Of all the questions on your mind, here is the most important: is that credit card right for me?

Unless you can answer this question with confidence, you’ll never know what you’re getting until the plastic is actually in your hands.

Although no two consumers are the same, there are a few related questions that most people can answer to help select the best credit card. Consider these five:
•    Does it provide all or most of the benefits you’re seeking, such as those related to a rewards program? You know better than anyone else what you’re looking for.
•    What type of reputation does the credit card have among others in the industry? For example, see what other consumers are saying online.
•    What are the fees associated with the credit card? The answer to this question can make or break your decision.
•    Have you spoke with the credit card company about the finer details of the offer? This is one of the best ways to understand what a particular card is all about.
•    Why does it stand out when compared to the hundreds of other options? Perhaps the most important question, you need to know why one offer is better than the rest.

Once you address these individual questions, you can then decide if a particular credit card offer would suit your personal and financial requirements.

The best thing you can do is collect as much information as possible. From there, once you’re comfortable with where things stand, you can pull the trigger.

What other questions can you answer to help you decide if a particular credit card is right for you? Share your thoughts below!

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Comments 1

Frank on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:45

I would add:

What am I going to use the credit card for and does this credit card make sense for those purchases?
What is the APR rate?
How does this compare to similar credit cards?

I would add: What am I going to use the credit card for and does this credit card make sense for those purchases? What is the APR rate? How does this compare to similar credit cards?
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