Tuesday, December 26, 2006

No-Interest Credit Card

The APR is the annual percentage rate, and it determines how much interest you pay on your credit card. No-interest credit is the best, obviously; a credit card with no APR means you’re paying back only the amount you borrowed, with no additional charges. When the bank makes you a 0 APR credit card offers, you’re liable to jump at the chance! But you don’t need to wait for the bank or credit card company to come to you. You can get a 0% APR credit card yourself.

First you’ll need to check your credit score. The credit card companies are more likely to give you a low-repayment credit card as a “reward” for being a low-risk consumer. Get a copy of your credit report from one of the online sources available -- you’re entitled by law to one free credit report per year -- and see if there are any blemishes that might prevent you from getting a 0 APR credit card.

You should check your report even if you’re sure you’ve never done anything to earn bad credit, because mistakes can creep into your report. The last thing you want is to be denied an interest-free credit card because of something you didn’t even do!

Another option is to open new credit cards that have 0 APR offers. These are easily found online, and the 0 APR credit card is usually an “introductory” offer, which means it switches to a higher APR after six months or a year. The same procedure applies: Take advantage of the offer, and then transfer the balance to another 0 APR credit card before the time is up. Before you get any new credit cards, though, be sure to check their policies on balance transfers. Some have different APRs for balance transfers as opposed to purchases.

With a little work and careful spending habits, it’s possible for anyone with good credit to get a 0 APR credit card. No-interest credit is the way to go.


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