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Whether you want to spread the cost of your purchases, pay off debt or earn rewards when you spend, the right credit card can save you money.

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Types of credit cards

Purchase cards

0% purchase cards offer lengthy introductory interest-free periods, which means that you can charge purchases to your credit card and then pay off the cost in monthly payments. As long as you pay off the full balance before the end of the interest-free period, you won't pay any interest on your purchases.

Balance transfer cards

Balance transfer cards are useful if you want to pay off existing debt – especially as many of these credit cards come with lengthy interest-free periods. You can transfer the balance from one or more credit cards onto a balance transfer credit card, often in return for a small fee. Once the balance is on the new card, you can pay it off in monthly instalments.

Money transfer cards

Money transfer cards are similar to balance transfer cards. The only difference is that money transfer cards allow you to move money from your new card directly to your bank account. You can use the money you transfer to pay off your overdraft or loan, often over a long interest-free introductory period.

Credit building cards

Credit building cards are aimed at individuals with no previous experience of borrowing or those with poor credit histories. These cards usually come with high interest rates and low credit limits. But if you use them responsibly and pay off the balance at the end of each month, they will help you improve your credit rating.

Rewards cards

Many providers now offer different benefits and rewards to incentivise you to take out and use their credit cards. The rewards tend to vary from card to card, but some of the most common rewards offered include vouchers or in-store points and Air Miles. Some provide cashback every time you spend on the card.

Travel credit cards

These cards are aimed specifically at regular travellers. These are useful as they don't charge foreign transaction fees, so you can use them whenever you're travelling abroad. If you often find yourself in Europe or further afield, a travel credit card may be worth considering.

Credit card basics

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Tips & Tricks

Pay more than the minimum

If you can it's worth paying off more than the minimum amount on your credit card balance each month because it enables you to clear the balance more quickly and significantly reduces the amount of interest you pay. Double win!

Pay your balance in full every month

You can avoid paying any interest by paying off your card's full balance each month. If you manage to do this, you can enjoy any rewards or cashback you earn on your card without being charged interest on your spending.

Use balance transfers to pay off debt

If you already have a large balance on your card that you're paying interest on each month, it might be worth moving the debt to a 0% balance transfer card. Many have interest-free periods of 30 months or more. You can use this time to reduce or even eliminate the debt.

Never miss a payment

Missing payments is a big no-no when using a credit card. Your provider will hit you with a charge and add a black mark to your credit file, making it harder and more costly for you to borrow in the future. This is why it's important to make the minimum repayment every time it's due.

Don't apply for credit too often

If you are rejected after applying for a credit card, don't try to get another one straight away. Making several applications over a short period can make it seem that you're desperate for credit, which is a red flag for lenders. Wait at least six months before applying again.

Don't withdraw cash on your card

Using your credit card to withdraw cash from an ATM is extremely expensive. Card providers charges a fee each time along with daily interest that soon adds up. It also leaves a black mark on your credit record that could affect future credit applications. Triple misery.

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Section 75: Your free credit card purchase protection

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