Best credit cards for poor credit

Posted On : December 5, 2013 by Curtis Arnold

man with empty pocketCredit scores now influence everything from mortgage rates to insurance, making secured credit cards an important part of building or rebuilding a solid credit history.

  • USAA Secured Credit Card. A competitive annual fee and a very low APR make this a solid secured card for members of military families.
  • DCU Visa Platinum Secured Credit Card. Members of participating nonprofit organizations can open this secured card with no annual fee, perfect for rebuilding credit.

What our editors love: Credit unions and other membership-based financial institutions continue to drive down costs for secured cards. Online banking and smartphone apps are making it easier than ever for consumers to find alternative sources for money-saving financial products.

About the Author


Curtis Arnold, a nationally recognized consumer educator and advocate, has been educating consumers about credit cards since 1998. New! Curtis is the author of 'How You Can Profit from Credit Cards: Using Credit to Improve Your Financial Life and Bottom Line' (FT Press, 2008). He is also the co-author of the upcoming Complete Idiot's Guide to Person-to-Person Lending (Alpha Books/Pengiun Group USA, April 2009), a contribitor to The Ultimate Allowance (InnerWealth Publishing, 2008) and is extensively featured in 42 RulesTM for Driving Success With Books (Super Star Press, January 2009).

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