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Finding the Right Credit Card for You: A Comprehensive Guide

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Affinity Federal Credit Union Credit Card Best Practices Blog
By: Ted Anders
Vice President Payment Strategy & Operations

June 30, 2023

If you’re on the hunt for a new credit card, you’ve come to the right place. Deciding on the best card may feel like finding a needle in a haystack, but don’t worry — Affinity Federal Credit Union is here to help you navigate the journey! Let’s break it down into three basic steps:

Evaluate Your Financial Picture

Understanding your financial status is the first step to determining the right credit card for you. Think of it as painting a picture. You may want to check your credit score first — this score is like your financial “portrait” and gives lenders an idea of your creditworthiness. Free resources like 1 can help you obtain a copy of your credit report once a year. 

Next, think about your personal cash flow. Do you have debt that you are trying to pay off? Are you comfortable with the amount of money you save each month? Understanding where you stand financially will give you a clearer idea of what to look for when assessing card options.

Identify Your Goals

What’s your primary reason for getting a credit card? There’s a wide range of choices out there, each with different benefits. One reason that people open credit cards is to establish credit references or improve their credit score. If this is you, a card with no annual fee 2 could be a great option. Alternatively, a card with a low annual percentage rate 3 might be ideal if your primary focus is to save money on interest. 

For those who seek to be rewarded for everyday purchases, perhaps a card that earns cash back or rewards is the best bet. Identifying your goals will help guide you toward the most appealing card.

Still need help - Seek Professional Advice

If you are having difficulty narrowing down your options, it’s a good idea to consult with a financial professional, who can offer personalized advice based on your financial situation and credit card goals. Here at Affinity, we have advisors ready to assist you in making the best decision, so please reach out to us. 6

Understanding your complete financial picture and goals should help you confidently apply for the card that meets your needs. And, over time, if you find that your needs are changing, just employ these steps to find the right credit card for the next phase of your life – you’ll find that Affinity’s suite of cards are here to help make your unique dreams a reality.

Finding the right credit card doesn’t have to be daunting. By following these steps — evaluating your finances, identifying your goals and seeking professional advice — you can pinpoint a card that’s the perfect fit for your wallet and life. Affinity is here to help every step of the way. Happy card hunting!

This information is for informational purposes only and is intended to provide general guidance and does not constitute legal, tax, or financial advice. Each person’s circumstances are different and may not apply to the specific information provided. You should seek the advice of a financial professional, tax consultant, and/or legal counsel to discuss your specific needs before making any financial or other commitments.