If you have less-than-good credit or revolve a monthly credit card balance, you should not focus on credit cards with rewards. If you don’t have good credit, you should focus on minimizing monthly and annual fees in order to build your credit standing as inexpensively as possible. If you don’t pay your bill in full every month, the benefit provided by credit card rewards will be eroded, if not wiped out completely, by interest charges. While you might find that some credit building or 0% credit cards offer some rewards, consider that a happy accident.
As always, avoid actually using a credit card if it leads to you spending more than you would otherwise. If this occurs, pay off your credit card balances and lock your card(s) in a drawer. Don’t worry, your credit score will still benefit just from your credit card(s) reporting you as being in good standing on a monthly basis.
You should not get credit cards with rewards if you don’t plan to pay your balance in full by the due date each month. But there’s more to it than that. You should also think twice about applying for a rewards card if you recently opened another credit card or you’re tempted to overspend. You’ll risk hurting your credit score if you submit too many applications over a short period of time (it’s best to open one card per year at most). And with rewards cards, the more you spend, the more you earn. So you may fall into the trap of making unnecessary purchases for the sake of earning rewards points or miles.
The easiest unsecured credit cards to get generally work best for minor emergencies. You will only receive a small amount of spending power, after all.… read full answer
Unsecured credit cards for people with bad credit also tend to be very expensive, charging lots of fees and high interest rates. So, if you don’t need a small emergency loan, the best course of action is to improve your credit inexpensively with a secured card. Secured cards are cheaper than unsecured cards, build credit just as effectively, and offer the closest thing you’ll find to guaranteed approval.
Keep in mind that while there is a possibility of instant approval with most cards you can apply for online, it’s never guaranteed. Instant approval tends to happen when your credit and income are better than the card’s requirements. Sometimes, issuers may take longer to review a credit card application. There are a few other credit cards for bad credit with no deposit (known as unsecured cards) with instant approval, that are worth considering.
Best credit cards for bad credit with no deposit and instant approval:
Credit One Visa: 1% cash back on gas and grocery purchases, as well as 1% back on mobile phone, internet, cable and satellite TV services. $75 intro 1st yr, $99 after annual fee. Minimum credit limit of $300. Requires pre-qualification before applying.
Keep in mind that unsecured credit cards for bad credit tend to be more costly and less rewarding than their secured counterparts. Make sure you keep your account in good standing by paying your balance on time and preferably in full, every month. This will allow you to improve your credit score and gain access to some of the best unsecured credit cards over time.
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