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There are numerous credit cards that feature interest-free rates on new purchases. Most offer an introductory interest-free rate that ends after a specified period – usually between three months and a year. After this term, a standard interest rate is generally accrued on all new purchases. Some providers also supply credit cards offering a joint deal of 0% intro purchases and 0% balance transfers, though the longevity of each separate rate is not always the same.

0% Purchase Cards

Purchases Balance Transfers APR Representative (Variable) Rewards  
Tesco ClubCard Purchases Credit Card Logo Tesco Bank Logo More information about Tesco ClubCard Purchases Credit Card

Tesco ClubCard Purchases Credit Card

 0%
18 months
 
 0%
9 months
2.9% fee
16.9% Clubcard Shopping
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 16.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 16.9% p.a (variable)
M&S Credit Card Logo Marks and Spencer Logo

M&S Credit Card

 0%
15 months
 
 n/a%
2.9% fee
16.9% Shopping
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 16.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 16.9% p.a (variable)
Halifax All in One Master Card Logo Halifax Logo

Halifax All in One Master Card

 0%
15 months
 
 0%
15 months
3% fee
17.9% No Rewards
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 17.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 17.9% p.a (variable)
Barclaycard Platinum Purchase Logo Barclaycard Logo

Barclaycard Platinum Purchase

 0%
14 months
 
 0%
14 months
2.9% fee
18.9% Barclaycard Unwind
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 18.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 18.9% p.a (variable)
YourPoints World MasterCard (Telephone) Ex/C Logo Royal Bank of Scotland Logo

YourPoints World MasterCard (Telephone) Ex/C

 0%
9 months
 
 0%
9 months
2.99% fee
16.9% Rewards, Travel, Vouchers
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 16.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 16.9% p.a (variable)
YourPoints World MasterCard (Telephone) Ex/C Logo NatWest Logo

YourPoints World MasterCard (Telephone) Ex/C

 0%
9 months
 
 0%
9 months
2.99% fee
16.9% Rewards, Travel, Vouchers
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 16.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 16.9% p.a (variable)
Platinum Purchase Card Logo Bank of Scotland Logo

Platinum Purchase Card

 0%
13 months
 
 0%
13 months
3% fee
17.9% No Rewards
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 17.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 17.9% p.a (variable)
 
A guide to 0% Purchase & Interest Free Credit Cards

The first interest free balance transfer credit card was introduced onto the UK market in 2000. Since then millions of customers have used this product to advantage.

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One of the biggest credit card trends in recent years has been the use of a 0% card to do a balance transfer.

Buy Yourself Some Time

Even though the credit card market has changed since the first 0% APR cards were introduced, they are still a popular way to manage your money.

One of the biggest credit card trends in recent years has been to use a 0% card to do a balance transfer. If you have a balance - or several – sitting on other cards at any rate of interest it can save you money to transfer the amount onto a 0% card.

You can then concentrate on paying off as much as possible, safe in the knowledge that all your repayments are paying the debt alone, without having to pay additional interest.

Don’t Forget the Fees

Most 0% credit cards do carry a balance transfer fee. This can be anything up to 3% of the amount transferred, which can mount up if you have a large balance. It may still be worth paying the fee if it enables you to use the 0% period to pay off as much as possible on the balance.

The art of using the 0% interest period is to transfer again at the end of the interest free period if you have balance remaining but want to use 0% interest to continue paying the debt, but it is essential that you do this in time. It takes around six weeks for a new transfer to be processed. Making a note to do this in advance will enable you to move seamlessly from one 0% offer to another without any interest rate glitches.

Purchase with Free Credit – But Hurry the Offer is Limited!

Many cards now offer 0% interest on purchases and this can be useful if you want to make a large purchase and spread the payments over a period of time without racking up interest.

The cost-effective way to use this type of card is to ensure you pay for the purchase within the 0% offer period, otherwise the item will cost more than you originally apid for it, in interest payments.

For instance, if you buy something costing £1,200 and the offer period is ten months you will need to repay £120 onto the credit card every month. One of the best ways to ensure you do this is to set up a direct debit for the amount and then factor this payment into your monthly budget.

Some card providers will only set up a direct debit for the minimum amount but ask them to set it up for more – many will oblige. If they won’t allow this, make a diary date to send a cheque to pay the remainder or to pay over the phone each month without fail.

Don’t Mix and Match

If you are using the same card for a 0% balance transfer and also 0% on purchases be careful.

If the 0% on purchases offer runs for a shorter time (say three months) than the 0% on balance transfer it is likely that the credit card company will offset any repayments you make after the three months against the transferred balance rather than any balance remaining against purchases.

This means that you will be accruing the full rate of interest on any purchases that you made in the offer period but did not repay. This can be a typical APR of say, 14% to 16%.

Therefore keep your balance transfer card separate to your purchases card. If you don’t want to carry too many different credit cards just make sure you pay off all the purchases within the offer period.

See also how to escape the 0% credit card trap.

Written by Sarah Nyman


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