Generally, young men and women who have finally reached financial stability clamors to having their own credit card to be able to not only avail of its benefits and the conveniences it provides but also to feel more like an adult.
When they finally get their hands on their very first credit card, they can feel the surge of responsibility and being finally a part of the society where credit cards play a definitive role. Admittedly, being a grown-up can be symbolized by acquiring ownership of a credit card. But this is an ownership that need serious consideration because of the discipline it entails with the responsibilities that come with it.
Any young adult can be overwhelmed with the power, purchasing power that is, that comes with having a credit card. Without any control, anyone can get into serious financial trouble, even adults who have had credit cards for many years already but have made some grave mistakes.
These grave mistakes can make a really big dent in a person’s financial situation and can setback success a few years. That’s why when considering a credit card application it is essential that certain steps be taken and also, see what you should check up on about them.
Check out all your options. If you leave alone and you have a stable job, then its most likely that you receive a lot of mail offering certain credit cards that come with a lot of promises. These companies may try to attract your attention with freebies that can sometimes be rally enticing. But try to remember that these may just be the bait. You may be heading to a disaster which is named “High Interest Rates.”
So think about the long term, try to shop around and look at your options. You can also try the greatest venue for information today, the Internet. There are thousands to tens of thousands of websites that offer online application for credit cards and a number of them do provide quality deals and promos.
Check out the annual percentage rate the credit card company is offering. Some of them may lure you with low interest rates but in a variable rate form. This means that you may indeed have low percentage rates but only in the beginning, after a grace period, the interest rates may go up doubling in value and sometimes more. Calculate the difference of their promo to a fixed rate card being offered as well and see which have a lower annual percentage rate.
Also, check out the fees (annual fees, penalty fees, membership fees, etc.) the card entails. This may add a lot to your bill balance and may cause you to spend money on something you didn’t even purchase. Avoiding going over your limit and paying your balances on time should of course prevent from being charged with penalty fees but you never know, there may be times that you commit the mistake and it is essential that you are not punished severely with fees for your oversight.
With any contract, you should thoroughly review and scrutinize the agreement especially the fine print. A lot of companies have placed loopholes in contracts which allows them to back off on an agreement and take away the promos and benefits they have provided initially.