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How Borrowers Can Compare Terms and Make More Informed Choices for Credit Offers

Credit cards are one of the most prolific forms of lending that are available to borrowers. According to credit card statistics for January 2017 provided by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 5.3 million credit cards were originated during the month. This number represents a small fraction of the total number of credit cards that are originated each year. How Many Credit Card Offers Did You Receive Last Year? One reason why so many credit cards are issued is that most consumers are bombarded by multiple credit card offers throughout the year. Just because a consumer is sent a credit card offer doesn’t mean that they should accept it. Each credit card issuer will offer specific terms for the consumer to use the card, and consumers should only accept credit card offers that will provide them the best deal. Choosing the Credit Card that’s Best for You Since so many factors can affect whether or not a specific credit card offer is beneficial to the consumer, it can be difficult to choose between credit card offers from the various issuers. Sites like CreditSoup have tools that allow consumers to easily compare the terms offered by specific credit card issuers. Sites like these also offer ...

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5 Tip to Negotiate a Lower Credit Card Interest Rate

5 Tip to Negotiate a Lower Credit Card Interest Rate

Do you use credit cards? Personally, I try to avoid using them most of the time. I’ve found that it’s far too easy to pull it out and pay for everything. Plus, I’m somehow always end up spending more than I planned. But if you are like most people, including me, you do use one at least occasionally. Of course, if you use it often, it eventually catches up with you when the bill comes in the mail. If you aren’t able to pay it off in full each month, you may end up with high interest charges to pay each month on top of the cost of your purchases. But negotiating a lower credit card interest rate can help you get your purchases paid off without wasting as much money on interest. Here are some tips to help you negotiate a lower credit card interest rate. 1. Don’t Switch Cards Although it may be tempting to try to get a credit card from a different company and transfer the balance, it may not work to your advantage. Each time you apply to get a new credit card, the issuing credit card company does a hard inquiry to your credit ...

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3 Reasons to Check Your Credit Report Today

Most people don’t have a great deal of sophistication with credit. Sure, they might have a card or two (or ten), but all of the fine print on those agreements, as well as the complex terms in credit theory – it’s just a little much to deal with. The problem is, if you don’t have knowledge about how credit works, you’re liable to use it in ways that will set you up for failure in the long term. We’ll assume for the purposes of this article that you aren’t badly in debt. If you are, fix that first. But if you are in fairly good shape with regard to debt, it’s time to get serious about your credit history. You can get a free credit report once a year. The government allows it. That report will show all of the credit cards you have, all of the times you were late on payments, and all the other times you messed up or used credit too much. Maybe you’ll see the opposite problem – you don’t have enough credit history to support a good credit score. One great course of action is to get a credit card specifically for people with ...

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How to Use Credit Cards to Your Advantage

How to Use Credit Cards to Your Advantage

The advice you get from some finance blogs is to use extreme measures to avoid running up credit card debt. They may suggest things such as cutting up your credit cards or placing them in a container of water and freezing them to prevent you from using them – at least until they thaw. But I know that credit cards can be used to your advantage if you are able to use them with self control. Like anything else, they are a tool. It’s you that determines if they will be an asset or detriment to your finances. Here are some ways you can use credit cards to your advantage. Pay Your Balance off Each Month Don’t run your credit card balance up so high you can’t pay it off each month. Doing so will allow you to eliminate paying interest on your balance and giving away your hard earned money to credit card companies for free. In addition, you potentially have the ability to use that same money to earn interest for yourself for the same time period. If you aren’t able to pay the balance each month, always make the minimum payment and make a larger payment whenever possible. ...

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The Pro’s and Con’s of Using Your Credit Card for Major Purchase

No matter how sincere you are about cutting your budget, no matter how frugal you become, there will come a time when you have to make a major purchase using money that you don’t have. There is no avoiding it in this current age of financing. We don’t live in a gold-based economy. We live in a credit-based economy. At some point, your good credit will be the difference between failure and success. There are some things you should never be a cheapskate about. Your attempts to save money on things like shoes, mattresses, and technology too often end up being penny wise and pound foolish. As distasteful as you might find the prospect, you are going to have to use a credit card for something, somewhere down the line. Still, there is no denying the downside to credit cards. Here are a few of those pros and cons of using credit cards for major purchases: Con – Interest In almost every situation, borrowing money means paying it back with interest. The typical way to make money by loaning money is to require the borrower to pay back more than they borrowed. If it is a low-risk loan, the interest ...

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