Short Term vs. Long Term: 0% interest cards can be great for short term purchases, when you intend on paying of the balance in a short period of time. On the other hand, making large purchases, which cannot be paid off quickly, can actually cost you more. For example, if you can use a credit card with a 15% interest rate (for the life of the card) or a 0% card that will increase to 29.99% in three months, it may actually be in your best interest to use the 15% card if you don't plan on paying off the balance in three months.
Know your minimum payment requirements: Minimum payment requirements on 0% cards are always low, which entices consumers to "only pay the minimum" and not make much of a dent in the outstanding principal. Therefore, when the rate goes up, the credit card companies are able to charge a higher interest on a bigger balance.
Credit Score Impact: Most consumers tend to "max out" 0% cards very quickly. This action can impact credit scores, as a portion of your credit score is based on your debt ratios (how much credit you have in use/ how much credit you have available). High debt ratios can reduce your credit score.
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