Good credit is a part of your life that needs to be maintained and worked on. When you turn eighteen there will be a lot of mail for you from all sorts of credit companies making you offers you can hardly refuse. They will call you on your phone and spam your mailbox. Even though some offers may be very tempting, reading the small print is an absolute must to protect yourself from making the worst deal possible.
To handle these offers you need to open all of them and read all of the information carefully and with a critical eye. It is important to understand all of the information which is included in the offer. They can make promises on low interest rates, but when you read the small print it will often come up that it only counts for the first couple of months or comes with ridiculous conditions. To help you on deciding which offer to take on and which to include in your garbage, here are a couple of simple tips.
As mentioned before, the small print often clarifies the offer and reveals the pitfalls in it - like ridiculous fees for .... well, nothing actually or interest boosts after a few months. In order to protect yourself from any dark surprises, this is something you really need to take the time to investigate. Before you decide to seal the deal and fill out the application, you really have to take a look at all different offers.
Interest Rates: Look for stable interest rates and not for the lowest interest and highest limit. It is better to pay some interest from the start and having that rate to be consistent rather than paying 0% at first and then have the rates boost the roof of your house. Deciding on the limit: You have to take on a limit which is not over the top and doesn’t tempt you to max it all out. Choose a limit that is set for an emergency.
When you have made your decision on which card you will apply for, it is important to rule out any future offers or mailings, just to protect yourself from taking on another card. Besides, for every offer you get, your credit is being checked which has a negative influence on your credit report. You can sign up at various sites where you can register that you don’t want to be approached for any offers regarding credit or you can register that you want to be asked if your credit can be checked.
When you get a credit card for the first time it will definately burn a hole in your wallet if you are not careful. You may have a feeling of a gift of free money being given to you. Immediately set the rules for yourself to avoid getting yourself into trouble. Pay your balance every month in full and on time. Avoid paying minimums as much as you can, should it occur at one point, then make sure you pay it off as soon as possible.
Credit cards can be a very good emergency support on which you can rely in time of absolute financial need, but if you are not very careful in handling it, you can find yourself in a lot of trouble which can last a lot years and will be very difficult to wash off.