If you seem lost and confused in the world of credit cards, you are not alone. They have become so mainstream. Such a part of our daily lives, and yet so many people are still confused about the best ways to use them, how they affect your credit in the future, and even what the credit card companies are and are not allowed to do. This article will attempt to help you wade through all the information.
Always read everything, even the small print. If there’s an offer for a pre-approved credit card or if a person says they can help you get a card, get all of the details beforehand. Understand the interest rate you will receive, and how long it will be in effect. You must also be sure to learn about grace periods and any fees that may be applied.
Take advantage of the fact that you can get a free credit report yearly from three separate agencies. Make sure to get all three of them, so that you can be sure there is nothing going on with your credit cards that you may have missed. There may be something reflected on one that was not on the others.
Never give out your credit card number to anyone, unless you are the person that has initiated the transaction. If someone calls you on the phone asking for your card number in order to pay for anything, you should ask them to give you a way to contact them, so that you can arrange the payment at a better time.
Open and go over everything that is sent to your mail or email about your card whenever you get it. Card issuers have the ability to adjust fees and interest rates, provided they let you know about it in writing. If you are not in agreement, you have the freedom to cancel your card.
Your interest rates are not set in stone, and you can do something about getting them lowered. Just like any other business, credit card companies are in competition with each other and have many interest rates available to them. Call your bank if you don’t like your current interest rate. Ask the bank to change your rate.
If you do a lot of traveling, use one card for all of your travel expenses. If it is for work, this allows you to easily keep track of deductible expenses, and if it is for personal use, you can quickly add up points towards airline travel, hotel stays or even restaurant bills.
If you ever have a charge on your card that is an error on the credit card company’s behalf, you can get the charges taken off. The way you do this is by sending them the date of the bill and what the charge is. You are protected from these things by the Fair Credit Billing Act.
Sometimes, when people use their credit cards, they forget that the charges on these cards are just like taking out a loan. You will have to pay back the money that was fronted to you by the the financial institution that gave you the credit card. It is important not to run up credit card bills that are so large that it is impossible for you to pay them back.
Credit cards can be a great tool when used wisely. As you have seen from this article, it takes a lot of self control in order to use them the right way. If you follow the advice that you read here, you should have no problems getting the good credit you deserve, in the future.