Smarten Up With Your Credit Card
Credit cards can cause people a lot of financial problems, but if used right they can also be a valuable financial tool. There are a number of ways you can use a credit card to your advantage and stay debt-free. If you are looking to get a credit card, then you should think about the advantages that cards could give you:
Buy now, pay later
Credit cards allow you to have ‘free’ money for any period up to two months. If you pay the balance in full each month then you can buy things that you could not usually afford in one period. For example, if you want to buy an expensive electrical item or piece of furniture, you can put it on your card and spread the cost over this month and the next. If you time the purchases then you can have a longer grace period in which to settle the balance before interest occurs.
Having a credit card can give you a number of benefits. Many credit card companies offer loyalty schemes or air miles etc as part of the card service. This means that by spending money on your card you are also getting some added benefits. If you pay off your balance each month you are effectively getting these benefits for free.
No need to carry cash
One advantage of credit cards is that you do not need to carry wads of cash around with you, which can be dangerous and inconvenient. Having a card will also help you in places that do not accept cash, such as when you rent a car or book a hotel. These items require a card to secure the booking.
Your credit card offers you a certain level of travel insurance for free. If you go on holiday and use you credit card to book the flights and accommodation then you are covered for certain things. This obviously varies from card to card, but it is something that can come in very useful if you have problems on holiday.
Purchase and loss protection
A credit card gives you greater protection than cash or debit cards. If you buy something on your credit card and it is faulty, you are usually covered in full for around 30 to 60 days. You are also covered if your card is lost or stolen, and of course you don’t lose money like you would if you misplaced cash. Cards are a much safer and reliable way of spending than cash.
Credit cars are the best choice for holiday currency, as they have many more safeguards than other forms of credit. You will also get a much better exchange rate using your credit card than you will exchanging cash. If you are going abroad you should always take a credit card with you.
Credit cards, if used appropriately, have so many benefits. If you want to spend money safely and conveniently anywhere in the world, then use a credit card.
About the Author: Peter Kenny is a writer for creditcards-gb
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