Finances and Forex

Zero per cent balance transfers


In addition, even if you do secure a 0% balance transfers offer you may not receive 0% on any of your purchases. This would mean that anything you purchase with the card would have the normal interest rate.

As an example, if you $6,000 on credit card at 15%. You decide to do a balance transfer with a credit card that allows 0% on balance transfers for 6 months. You will save quite a bit of money in interest by transferring the money to a 0% balance transfer credit card. Without thinking about the consequences, you make a card purchase and then dutifully pay back the $100. But the $100 will be applied to the $6,000 balance transfer instead of your new purchase. You will then have $5,900 left on your original card balance with 0% interest and $100 at the 15%.

However, if you pay close attention to the fine print you can find a credit card company that offers 0% on balance transfers and 0% on all purchases for a certain amount of time. Just remember, that if you do not pay off the debt prior to the end of introductory special you will then be paying interest on the money once again. The idea is to use 0% balance transfers and pay off the entire debt prior to the end of your 0% interest rate. You can even use another card that has a low APR for smaller purchases and only use the 0% balance transfers for larger card balance transfers.

Zero per cent balance


If you have zero per cent on balance transfers then that will not mean you have zero per cent on purchases, so any purchases you make during your zero per cent period will not be at zero per cent but at your standard rate. This can be very important if we look at the situation using an example.

Supposing you have five thousand pounds on a credit card a 15%. If you transfer this to a card that gives you 0% on balance transfers for nine months you will save hundreds on interest. However, supposing the new card has a standard rate of 15% also. Now, if you have your five thousand on it safely at 0%, but suppose you make one hundred pounds worth of purchases. And then you pay back one hundred pounds; the one hundred you pay back will be applied to the first one hundred of the five thousand-balance transfers. This will leave you with 4,900 left at zero per cent on the balance transfer, and 100 as a purchase that attracts the standard 15%.

In this way you can quickly see how a zero per cent balance transfer can become a 15% purchases balance.