Enjoy Bigger Savings from Your Cash Rewards Card

By Leni Parrish on August 18, 2009

A cash back rewards card is a type of rewards credit card preferred by most people.  Since not everyone travels a lot and not everyone spends money on gasoline purchases, the cash back credit card is a practical choice for most individuals.

Do you own a cash rewards card or are you planning to get one?  If yes, take a look at the following tips on how to enjoy bigger savings from your cash back reward credit card.

Shop a lot.  The only way to earn cash back points is to shop with your credit card.  Charge all important purchases to your card, but make sure that you can pay back your balances on time. This prevents interest from accumulating.

Know the rules.  Reward credit cards have different rules when it comes to collecting and redeeming rewards.  Know the specific terms and conditions even before you sign up for the card.  The fine print may look discouraging to read, but it is worth spending time and effort in studying these smaller prints.  Check out how you can earn points and how you can qualify for redemption of these points.  Find out the restrictions, and seriously consider if you can live with them.

Choose the right one.  Credit cards with cash back rewards are often sponsored by a particular brand or company so it is best to choose a card that is affiliated with an establishment that you prefer.  This way, you can be sure to earn points each time you head for that establishment and shop.

Compare cards.  Comparing credit cards can help you decide which one is best.  You can use comparison websites which allow you to pick two or three cards and view them side by side so you can compare the interest rate, fees and reward values that each card offers.

Skip the APR.  If enjoying bigger savings from your cash rewards card is the main target then do your best to skip paying interest. By paying off your balances on time each month you can avoid accumulating interest charges on your card.

Skip the late fees.  Whenever submitting payment after the due date, expect to automatically get charged with a late penalty fee.  This is the reason why it is very important to be conscious about payment schedules especially if you own more than one credit card.  Do not wait until the last day of payment arrives.  Make it a habit to submit payments as early as possible.

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