by Miia Sample
Many wonder if they should get a prepaid credit card. There are many reasons people sign up for these cards today. Some like the convenience of using these cards. Whereas some use them to build their credit scores back up. In contrast, some use it for both these reasons.
The way a prepaid card works is that a person will sign up for a card, pay a small annual fee, fund it and start using it like a regular line of credit. There are no interest fees associated with the card as there would be with a standard credit card because the owner of the card has funded the card with his or her own money. The money spent with the card prevents the person from going into debt because they cannot spend more than they have placed on the card.
It is accepted in any place which accepts traditional credit cards, and also in ATM’s. This is therefore, a convenient card to use. The card however, helps those with bad credit looking to increase their credit score.
The credit score is very important because it is used to determine whether or not a person will be approved for a loan or line of credit. Also, it determines the amount of interest a person will pay on a loan or line of credit. The higher the credit score, the lower interest rate a person will have to pay. Everyone of course wants to pay the lowest interest rate possible.
People can maintain their high credit score by paying their bills on time. Also, people should strive to keep their available balance over sixty percent of their total line of credit. For instance a person who has a credit limit of ten thousand dollars on one account, should try not to charge more than four thousand dollars on that card in order to maintain a high credit rating.
But for those with a bad credit score, getting a traditional credit card might not be possible. For them, a prepaid card could be the answer. The prepaid card is tracked by the credit reporting bureaus just like the traditional cards.
The person who uses the prepaid cards regularly will typically build up good credit when they use it responsibly. The company that issued the prepaid card will see that this person is being responsible with his or her finances and is likely to report favorably on their credit report. In addition, the issuing company might be so impressed that they offer the person a traditional credit card as well.
People can choose from many card companies. And they should realize that even if their credit history is not perfect, they still need to be treated like a top notch customer by the card company. After all, the card holder turning their money over to this company and is not asking for a line of credit. The company that does not treat everyone with respect should be avoided.
The prepaid credit card is one way to spend money conveniently. And one way to build a high credit score without getting into debt.
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