Yes, cash back credit cards are worth it if you page off your balance each month. The best cash back credit cards with the highest rewards rates and signup bonuses sometimes have annual fees. In that case, you need to be sure that what you earn will offset the cost of the annual fee (and then some). For cards that have no annual fees, the cash back is free money as long as you don’t get charged interest.
Many cash back credit cards let cardholders earn more than the cost of the annual fee. However, what you really want is a card that allows you to earn cash back as efficiently as possible. Some credit cards give a flat cash back rate for all purchases. There are also cash back cards that will reward you more for bonus categories, like gas, groceries, or dining. The highest flat cash back rate is 2.5%. For bonus categories, you can earn up to 6%. The best cash back credit cards usually require good credit or better for approval, but there are strong offers for people across the entire credit score spectrum.
Wherever you spend the most money on your credit card will determine whether a flat-rate cash back card is better for you, or a card that’ll earn you bonus cash back in specific categories. How many credit cards you want to have in total matters, too, as does your credit standing. The better your credit is, and the more income you have relative to your debt, the more credit card options you’ll have and the more worthwhile they’ll be.
If you’re looking for a new card, check out the best cash back credit cards and find the one that’s most worth it for you. But remember, as with any card, you need to be sure to use a cash back credit card responsibly for it to be worthwhile in the long run. No credit card, regardless of the cash back rate, is worth it if you overspend and find yourself in debt with a damaged credit score. You can also use WalletHub’s free CardAdvisor tool to find a card that best suits your needs.
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