I bet you’ve had the same credit card for a while now and like most of us, struggle to pay it off every month.
You blame yourself for carrying a balance each month (and your addiction to shopping). If only you had more self control. If only you were more responsible. If only you were more financially savvy. If only you were better with money.
It’s not your fault. Let me assure you of that. Credit cards are designed that way. They are user friendly, tempting, enticing and convenient – you’re only human. But they also happen to be one of the best resources we have when it comes to managing our finances. If, and it’s a big if, we are smart about how we use them.
I’m no different. I’d had the same credit card with the same company for years and didn’t even know what interest rate I was being charged. While I constantly review all my other providers – phone, electricity, car insurance – it hadn’t occurred to me to review my credit card provider. I’d been so focused on curbing my spending habits that I didn’t keep an eye out for a better, more affordable credit card.
I was offered the opportunity to switch from my current card for a Westpac Low Rate Visa Card and jumped on it, especially when I rang my current credit card provider and found out I was being charged 21% interest.
That was all the motivation I needed to make the switch.
I’d been meaning to shop around for a new credit card for a while but it just seemed too hard. I didn’t have time to go into a branch or fill in a million forms. Westpac directed me to a credit card application process online, except it was so different to any credit card application process I had ever experienced. It was more like one of those fun and simple online surveys in its design and so easy to fill in. I was done in minutes, received a confirmation email and preliminary approval (hooray) and two days later I was on the phone verifying my details and being told my credit card was on its way.