The Wells Fargo Active Cash℠ Card interest rate is 14.99% - 24.99% Variable, with the actual rate depending on factors such as your income, credit history and existing debt. The Wells Fargo Active Cash card also offers new cardholders an introductory interest rate of 0% for 15 months from account opening on purchases and 0% for 15 months from account opening on qualifying balance transfers. After the card’s intro rate expires, the regular interest rate applies to any remaining balance. The regular Wells Fargo Active Cash card interest rate is variable, meaning it can change based on certain economic conditions.
The Wells Fargo Active Cash gives you a 25-day grace period to avoid paying interest on your purchases. The grace period runs from the end of the billing period until the card’s payment due date. You won’t owe any interest as long as you pay your balance in full during that timeframe. Should you decide to carry a balance on your Wells Fargo Active Cash card, it will accumulate interest daily at the card’s regular APR. Interest is compounded, meaning you will owe interest on both the principal balance and any interest already accumulated.
In addition to the regular interest rate, Wells Fargo Active Cash also charges a separate interest rate on cash advances. All Wells Fargo Active Cash card interest rates will be listed on your statement and on your online account summary.
To find the interest rate on your credit card, look at your cardmember agreement and your monthly credit card statements. Your interest rate will be there in the form of an annual percentage rate (APR). But as “annual” implies, an APR is the cumulative interest rate for a whole year, which isn’t all that helpful for calculating actual interest charges from day to day or month to month.… read full answer
You can figure your daily interest rate – or daily periodic rate – by dividing your APR by 365 (days in a year) because credit card interest compounds daily. (It’s worth noting that some card issuers may divide by 360 rather than 365). This calculation will give you the actual daily rate at which you accrue interest on a card. If your APR is 19.99%, your daily periodic rate would be 0.0547%.
The terms APR and interest rate are often used interchangeably. For general purposes, they express the same idea, though you’ll get a much better sense of your actual “interest rate” by using the daily periodic rate.
It’s worth noting that most credit card rates change (indicated in terms by a V next to your APR). So if the so-called prime rate that credit card APRs are tied to goes up, your rate will rise, too. A credit card agreement may note that the account’s APR is the prime rate plus a certain fixed percentage. Or, your rate might rise to a penalty APR (also found in credit card terms) if you miss a payment. Your card issuer must notify you of a rate change 45 days before it takes effect, unless you’re 60 days or more past-due on payment.
Though it’s good practice to keep an eye on your APR, interest rates don’t matter if you pay your credit card bill in full every month. If you aim to pay no interest, you won’t have to worry about crunching these numbers.
To avoid interest on credit cards, either pay the full statement balance by the due date every billing period or maintain a $0 balance by not charging any purchases to your credit card account. There is no revolving balance for a credit card’s interest rate to apply to in either case.… read full answer
More specifically, it’s impossible to owe interest without buying anything, and even a card with no balance reports positive information to the credit bureaus every month. Alternatively, making purchases and paying off the full balance listed on the monthly statement by the due date avoids interest thanks to the so-called “grace period” that most cards have. That basically means people who consistently pay their bill in full get an opportunity to do so before interest applies to their purchases.
But interest is most often a concern when you need to buy something now but won’t have all the money for a while. And in that case, the best way to avoid interest on a credit card is to get a card with a 0% introductory APR. Keep reading below to learn more about that option and the rest of the best ways to avoid credit card interest charges.
Here's how to avoid interest on credit cards:
Don’t make purchases, balance transfers or cash advances. Not using your card guarantees no interest, as long as you pay any annual or monthly fees it may charge. And the issuer will still report positive information to the credit bureaus each month.
Schedule monthly payments for your full statement balance. As long as you always pay the full balance listed on your monthly statement by the due date, the issuer won’t charge interest. Set up automatic monthly payments from a bank account for the full balance so you don’t need to remember. Just make sure your bank account balance exceeds the amount you charge.
Use a 0% credit card, and get out of debt before the regular APR kicks in. Lots of credit cards offer 0% intro rates on purchases, balance transfers or both for a certain number of months after account opening. Your balance won’t accrue interest during that period if you make the minimum payment each month. After the 0% rate expires, the regular interest rate kicks in.
It’s not too hard to avoid interest on a credit card if you know what to do. If you’re in the market for a new card and need to finance a big purchase, getting a 0% card is the best option. If you already have debt, you can move the balance to a 0% balance transfer card and pay it off before the intro period expires. WalletHub’s credit card payoff calculator can help you.
If you pay the minimum credit card payment only, you do get charged interest. Paying the minimum amount required each month merely keeps your account in good standing, which saves you from credit score damage but not interest charges. The only time you wouldn’t owe interest on a balance that remains after paying the minimum is during a card’s 0% introductory APR period. But without a 0% APR, you can only avoid interest if you pay off your entire balance in full by your due date.… read full answer
Here’s why you get charged interest if you pay the minimum payment only:
Your minimum payment is always required. You must pay it every month or you’ll be charged a penalty fee. But it doesn’t protect you from interest. You owe interest on any balance you carry from month to month.
If your charges for the month are lower than the minimum payment, then the minimum payment becomes your full balance. But if you have a balance that carried over from a previous month, the normal minimum payment rules would apply.
Only paying off your balance in full by the due date will stop you from incurring interest charges. You’ll need to do so two months in a row to regain your grace period, which prevents interest from accruing on new purchases until after the due date.
There’s a difference between your statement balance and current balance. Your statement balance is the full amount due, as of the end of your latest billing period. Your current balance includes purchases made since then. If you pay in full by the due date every month and your card has a grace period, interest won’t apply to those most recent purchases. If not, they’ll be assessed interest daily, along with the rest of your balance.
If your card has a 0% introductory APR, you won’t owe any interest for a certain number of months. But you’ll still have to make your minimum payment every month. If you don’t, your issuer may end the 0% APR early and charge you at the regular rate.
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