It Takes Credit To Build Credit
Using a credit card wisely is an important step in building a good credit rating. If you’re trying to re-build your credit or if you’re young and just starting out, pay close attention the next time you receive a new card offer in the mail. When you’re trying to build a positive credit history for yourself, using the right credit card makes sense. Making small purchases and then making your payments on time each month is a simple, reliable way to build an outstanding credit report.
What to Look For On a Credit Card Application
If you receive a credit card application that appears to offer a low monthly interest rate, don’t make a decision until you turn it over and closely examine the Disclosure Box. In it you’ll find a more important measure of credit terms – the Annual Percentage Rate, or APR. By federal law, the Disclosure Box will also tell you whether or not the card has what is called a grace period – a number of days, usually 25, until your purchase starts to accrue finance charges. If a card has a reasonable grace period and you pay off your balance at the end of each billing cycle, you won’t have to pay finance charges. It isn’t difficult to find credit cards that offer these grace periods, so if the Disclosure Box doesn’t declare one then throw the application in the trash and look for a better offer.
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