It’s almost impossible to get around these days without a credit card. However, if you have poor credit, you are probably concerned you will not qualify for a card or the interest rates, penalties and fees will make it too difficult. Fear not, those individuals with poor credit (a credit score below about 640-660) should consider the below cards- which are not only easy to qualify for, but if used properly can help boost your credit score.
• Capital One Secured MasterCard. This card reports automatically to all 3 credit bureaus. This is a real credit card, not a prepaid card. You can increase your line of credit without increasing your refundable security deposit, and you can get up to a $3,000 line of credit. There are no processing or application fees. You can also utilize tools to track your credit score. No balance transfer fee. $29 annual fee.
• American Express Prepaid Card. This prepaid card doesn’t affect your credit score since it doesn’t report to any of the credit bureaus. With this card, you can load up to $2,500 to your card. You can order up to 3 American Express Prepaid cards. All your prepaid cards will benefit from roadside assistance and purchase protection, as well as excellent customer service. No annual fee.
• PASS Card from American Express. This prepaid card is mainly for parents to get for their teenage children so that they can learn to use a card to pay for their purchases and always have some money handy. You can reload this card whenever you want or schedule reloads, such as monthly or weekly for your child’s allowance. This card will give your teen special access to entertainment events, as well as purchase protection and roadside assistance. No fraud liability. No annual fee.
• BuyRight Prepaid MasterCard. This card requires no credit check. You can enjoy the online billpay feature that will allow you to pay your bills, checks and rent online. You must pay a $9.95 activation fee to use your card for the first time. This card allows you to earn rewards when spending at Starbucks, purchasing iTunes, RedBox, prepaid cell phone minutes and more. There is a $7.95 monthly fee.
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If you are looking to rebuild your credit history, it is recommended that you apply for Capital One Secured MasterCard as it reports monthly to the three major credit bureaus in the U.S. The key with this card is to pay your bill on time and maintain your account balance well below the credit limit.
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