I have been updating this article monthly for a couple of years. July 2018 is the first month there has been no change in the best deals on offer from the month before - same card companies, same length of 0% deal and same fee. These are the table-topping deals. If you don't have a very good credit rating you probably won't get one of them. It's annoying but if you desperately need to move … [Read more...]
Articles about credit cards
Credit cards can be really useful but they can also be dangerous - if you just hand over that piece of plastic it can be too easy to run up bills which will take you many years to clear. So how can you make the best use of them? The articles here look at
make sure you get the benefits - practical steps you can take so that the banks don't make huge profits from you;
what's new and whats changing with credit cards in Britain?
too much credit card debt - how can you tackle it fast?
Are you facing a debt crisis? 7.9 million people in Britain will be in January 2018 according to a this survey. So if you can't pay all your bills and debts this month, what should you do? Here is a practical list - starting with things you shouldn't do, as they will make your life harder next month! Don't panic Many of the worst fears about missing a loan or credit card payment aren't … [Read more...]
You have the A level grades and there is a few weeks to get organised for uni in September 2017. What should your top priorities be for managing your money? And what should you avoid? Managing on a student loan is hard First, there isn't a lot of money. And the system expects many people's parents to be able to give you just more than they can afford. But even if there was more money, it … [Read more...]
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is proposing a definition of persistent credit card debt and a set of actions credit card lenders will have to take with people who are in persistent credit card debt for 18 months or more. Recent news highlights why the FCA is worried about credit card debt. In June 2017, £67billion is owed on credit cards in Britain and that is increasing at 9% per year. … [Read more...]
Here is a simple way to think of your credit cards and catalogue accounts using the traffic light colours. It's meant as a warning signal that you may have problems in the future. If you are in difficulty with bills or debts now, it's too late for this early warning to help... have a look at your possible options and get some debt help now! Red - Amber - Green First you need to compare the … [Read more...]
Have you had a catalogue or a credit card where you were given a high credit limit? So high that the minimum repayments were hard to manage without borrowing more? Many people were originally given sensible limits, but the lender kept increasing them. Thousands of people got refunds from payday loan complaints in 2016, see How to get a payday loan refund for more information. Some people have … [Read more...]
A reader asked: "I've seen advice to improve my credit rating after a Debt Management Plan by getting a "bad credit card" and repaying it in full every month. Would it be a good idea to get two of these cards? I don't want to borrow any money, just to get a better credit score." This is a good question! Let's start off by looking at why getting a bad credit card such as Vanquis is often … [Read more...]
There are several "bad credit" cards in Britain, including Vanquis, Aqua, and Luma. The cards are aimed at people who get turned down for a normal credit card. They promise access to credit you can't otherwise get, but many people want them not because they want to borrow but to help them improve their credit score. The credit card regulator published research showing that a quarter of these … [Read more...]
If you are making the minimum payment to a credit card it will probably feel as though you are only paying interest and the balance isn't going down. You aren't alone - in July 2016 new research found that over 1.4 million people in Britain have been making minimum payments for three years or more. If you are caught in this minimum payment trap, what can you do? Of course it would be best to … [Read more...]
In 2018 there is a lot of competition to get the top spot in the credit card best buy 0% transfer tables. In January 2018 the longest balance transfer period is 38 months. You can see the current "best buys" for balance transfers here. If you know you can clear the debt soon, go for a zero or very low fee. But if that is being too optimistic, look for the longest 0% period you can get. Those … [Read more...]