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How to Get Lower Credit Card Interest Rates

Elizabeth Aldrich

You’re shopping on Amazon, and you find exactly what you’re looking for from two different sellers. One is selling it for twice the price of the other – the exact same item. Which do you purchase?

This may seem like a no-brainer, but when it comes to credit cards and interest rates, a lot of people choose the more expensive item for no real reason at all. Not shopping around and using the tactics below to get the lowest credit card interest rate available to you is like buying the more expensive item on Amazon, even though the half price one is just as good. Except with credit cards, you’re paying double every single month.

And often times, you really are paying double. There are plenty of credit cards out there with a 20%+ APR, even though a decent credit score could easily snag you a credit card with an APR of 10% or even less.

Whether you chose your credit card because you like the brand, it has good rewards, or you’re already banking with them, it’s important to have the lowest interest rate possible, especially if you’re going to be carrying a balance. You might not even need to get a new card.

Here are our top tips for snagging yourself a lower credit card interest rate and saving big.

Negotiate

The easiest way to get a lower interest rate is to negotiate with your current credit card issuer. All it takes is a simple phone call, so everyone should try this.

You will likely need to have a history of on-time payments (even one missed payment will make it hard to bargain) as well as a good credit score. Call up your credit card issuer and cite your payment history and credit score, asking if they would be willing to decrease your interest rate.

About the author

Elizabeth Aldrich

Elizabeth Aldrich

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and “digital nomad” specializing in small business, entrepreneurship, career advice, real estate, travel, arts, and culture. She’s written for outlets as varied as Rawckus Music and Arts Magazine, Itcher Entertainment, Sweden Tips, Houzz, Hometalk, JobHero, Tico Times, and Eugene Weekly. Thanks to a three-year stint in a travel job, a knack for mining great deals, and credit card churning, she has not paid for a single flight since 2012, despite her constant travels. You can find her on Twitter @LizzieAldrich or her website, www.elizabethaldrich.com.

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