The Sears Credit Card does not allow balance transfers. In general, balance transfers allow you to shift high-interest debt from your current account to another issuer's credit card and pay off the balance, presumably at a reduced interest rate.
The objective of a balance transfer is to save money on interest, so you will want a card with a low introductory APR on balance transfers. Just be sure to pay off the transferred balance in full before the introductory rate expires. Otherwise, the remaining balance will accumulate interest daily at the card's regular APR.
You can find out how much a balance transfer card with a low intro APR will save you in interest charges by using WalletHub's balance transfer calculator. This tool will also recommend credit cards that may help you save money and get out of debt faster.
Yes, it is a good idea to do a balance transferif you need multiple months to pay off high-interest debt and you are able to qualify for a 0% balance transfer credit card deal. Most balance transfer cards require a 700+ credit score, and most also have high regular APRs, making it important to repay what you owe before the 0% period ends.
What you should know before making a balance transfer:
A balance transfer APR is the interest rate an issuer charges on debts moved to a credit card from another loan or card. Many balance transfer offers include an introductory 0% APR that lasts for a specified number of months, usually 6 to 21 months.
Once an introductory balance transfer APR expires, any remaining balance accrues interest at the card’s regular balance transfer APR. This interest accrues daily, and it is calculated by multiplying the day’s...
A balance transfer does count as a payment to the original creditor to which you owed the balance. The issuer of the balance transfer card will submit payment to the old creditor for the amount of the transfer. Once the first monthly statement comes for your balance transfer card, you will need to begin making payments to that card’s issuer.
What you should know about credit card balance transfers:
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