Should I use a credit card?
Credit cards can be a handy way to borrow if you use them right - but get it wrong and you could find that your debts spiral out of control. Luckily, with a bit of common sense, anyone can use a card safelyThe Money Advice Service
How can we help you with credit cards today?
Our partners LoveMoney make it quick and easy for you to compare credit cards and apply online, including options if you're looking for balance transfer cards, cashback, rewards, air miles, charity cards, low APR cards, lifetime balance transfers, 0% transfers or 0% purchase cards.
We can help you find the right card for using abroad or to search for offers from your bank, and we offer a comparison of premium and business cards.
At the other end of the scale, if you've got a bad credit rating you may want to take a look at the specialist products on offer such as credit builder cards, and there are low balance transfer fee options available, too.
When you click on the 'Get Rates' button you'll be presented with an easy-to-use best-buy table that lets you compare all the cards on offer, or to narrow the options according to the specific type of product you're looking for.
The table presents the key card information - the name of the provider, balance transfer rates, fees and period, new purchases rate and period, the representative APR, and a quick rating/review of the product.
When you see a card you like the look of, there's the option of clicking the tab for more detailed product information - including features, benefits and application criteria - or of applying online.
Did you know...?
- Rejected card applications can impact on your credit score
- As of November 2015 there were an estimated 30 million credit card holders in the UK and their combined card debt was around £61bn
Rejected card applications can impact on your credit rating, so it's important to know the facts and to be realistic about the cards you're likely to be accepted for.
Try our guides for more information, where you'll also find the answers to frequently asked questions.
Our guides tell you the advantages and disadvantages of credit cards and can help you to understand more about the particular types of card available, including cashback, balance transfer, purchase, interest free, prepaid and store cards, and what product may be suitable for a particular occasion, such as Christmas or holiday spending.
You can read about the protection offered to card users under section 75 of the 1974 Consumer Credit Act, and learn more about charges, managing debt, cash withdrawals, interest rates, APR, protection insurance and how to find the right card to suit your needs.