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Top 10 credit card tricks to avoid

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Card providers might win you over with special offers of eye-catching interest rates but be warned, they have a few tricks up their sleeve to sting spenders.
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Size isn’t everything when it comes to plastic


If you’re looking for a new credit card, it’s easy to get dazzled by the ever-lengthening balance transfer deals that have hit the market in the past few months.

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Credit cards: Who owns your plastic?

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Your bank owns your credit card – right? Think again! Just because a bank or a company has their name on your card, doesn’t mean they own it. That’s simply their way of branding.

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Plastic fantastic – How to make your credit cards work for you

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Partying? Entertaining? Purchasing? Travelling? Just slap it on your credit card, right? Well, not exactly. You need to make sure you’re using the right credit card, and that can differ from one occasion to the next.

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Section 75 – How using a credit card gives you extra consumer protection

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Credit card spending has had a bad rap of late, as politicians, economists and social commentators bemoan the mountain of debt that Britons have built up.

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The right card for the right occasion

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When choosing to use a credit card or debit card, our first question is often, ‘can I afford it this month?’ When it should actually be, ‘what’s in it for me?’

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Don’t get in a tangle over credit cards, follow this guide to a stress-free application

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Prepaid credit cards

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Why not a pre-paid credit card? It’s a well tried and tested concept after all and quite straight forward.

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Cash back credit cards reward their users

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As the credit card market becomes more and more competitive, companies are using enticing incentives as a way to attract card applicants. Cash back credit cards tend to be available to people who are looking for a credit card and who have a good to excellent credit record.

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Credit card options for those with a poor credit history

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It might surprise you to discover how relatively easy it is to acquire a poor credit history and the poor credit rating that goes with it.

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