Consumers Are Turning To Rewards Credit Cards

With consumers feeling the pinch of bad economic times, people are turning to rewards credit cards more and more in an attempt to stretch their spending dollars while riding out the current recession.

A recent Standard & Poor’s survey indicates that many Americans are specifically using their rewards credit cards when purchasing necessities such as gas and groceries to take advantage of the rewards programs. At the same time consumers are eschewing putting big ticket items on their cards.

What we are seeing here is a direct reflection of our weakening economy. The American people are doing everything they can to make their money go further. Rewards credit cards allow the cardholder to earn points and get cash back on the things they buy.

It’s a sound strategy but remember some rewards programs charge an annual fee to account holders while some have higher than average APRs (Annual Percentage Rates). The reason for this is that the credit card companies are making up for the expenses incurred operating their rewards program.

Be sure to carefully read the terms and conditions set forth in the credit card issuers disclosure statement before you apply. It is extremely important that you understand interest rates, fees and details about the rewards program and other pertinent information.

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