What is a credit card?

A credit card is a continuing line of credit used to make everyday purchases. They come with interest free periods which is a great way to take advantage of buying now and paying later.

What is an interest-free period?

The interest-free period is the number of days from the day of purchase to the payment due date. This period will vary depending on the date of purchase and the number of days in the months applicable. An example is provided below.  Our credit card offers up to 55 days interest free on all purchases made. Interest only applies if payment isn’t made in full.

credit card cycle

Why would I use a credit card?

Credit cards can be used for every day purchases such as groceries and petrol or for larger purchases like a new TV. They’re also used for overseas travel and use in motels, hotels and cruising.

What types of credit cards are there?

There are many different types of credit cards available. When looking for a credit card, consider the following:

  •  Introductory rates

  •  Standard interest rate

  •  Annual fee

  •  Card fees

Some credit cards come with reward points which can be an effective way to benefit from regularly using your card. Used the right way, credit card rewards can earn you points to go towards your groceries, gift cards or even flights and a holiday.

However, these credit cards generally carry a higher annual fee and/or purchase interest rate. Before signing up to one, it’s important to understand how they work and whether the ability to earn rewards points will make any extra costs worthwhile.

If you’re not interested in earning reward points, a low rate credit card may better suit your needs. Horizon Bank offers a low rate credit card because we have our customers best interests at heart.

What documents are required for a credit card application?

Payslips and other sources of income are usually required, plus any evidence of debts and liabilities.
When you apply for a credit card, your lender will discuss with you what is required for your application.

Talk to a Horizon Bank lending specialist about applying for a credit card today. Or you can check out our budget planner calculator to see how credit card repayments will fit in with your expenses.

Horizon Bank has a branch network spanning the NSW South Coast and Illawarra. Horizon Bank branch locations: Albion Park, Bega, Bermagui, Berry, Merimbula, Moruya, Nowra, Thirroul, Ulladulla & Wollongong.

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