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  • Cash Back Rewards 2% cash back at gas stations and restaurants on up to $1,000 in combined purchases every quarter, automatically. 1% unlimited cash back on all other purchases.
  • Credit Limit Credit line will equal your security deposit of $200 or more*
  • Rates and Fees No annual fee, no late fee on your first late payment. No penalty APR*
  • Annual Fee $0
  • Credit Needed New/Rebuilding
  • Card Brand Discover


  • No Annual Fee, earn cash back, and build your credit with responsible use.
  • It's a real credit card. You can build a credit history with the three major credit bureaus. Generally, debit and prepaid cards can't help you build a credit history.
  • Establish your credit line by providing a refundable security deposit of at least $200 after being approved. Bank information must be provided when submitting your deposit.
  • Automatic reviews starting at 8 months to see if we can transition you to an unsecured line of credit and return your deposit.
  • 2% cash back at gas stations and restaurants on up to $1,000 in combined purchases every quarter, automatically. Plus, earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases.
  • Get 100% U.S. based customer service & get your free Credit Scorecard with your FICO® Credit Score
  • INTRO OFFER: We automatically match all the cash back you've earned at the end of your first year.
  • Get an alert if we find your Social Security number on any of thousands of Dark Web sites.* Activate for free.
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Capital One® Secured Mastercard®


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  • Reports to Credit Bureaus Build Credit When Used Responsibly
  • Minimum Deposit $49, $99, or $200
  • Regular Purchase APR 26.74% (Variable)
  • Annual Fee $0
  • Credit Needed Limited/Bad
  • Card Brand Mastercard®


  • Click "APPLY NOW" to apply online
  • No annual fee, and all the credit building benefits with responsible card use
  • Unlike a prepaid card, it builds credit when used responsibly, with regular reporting to the 3 major credit bureaus
  • Access to an authorized bank account is required to make your $49, $99 or $200 refundable security deposit
  • Make the minimum required security deposit and you'll get an initial credit line of $200. Plus, deposit more money before your account opens to get a higher credit line
  • Get access to a higher credit line after making your first 5 monthly payments on time with no additional deposit needed
  • Easily manage your account 24/7 with online access, by phone or using our mobile app
  • It's a credit card accepted at millions of locations worldwide
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Milestone® Gold Mastercard®


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  • Mastercard Gold Benefits Accepted Worldwide and $0 Fraud Liability
  • Customize Your card Pick from multiple card designs at no extra charge
  • Regular Purchase APR 24.9% variable
  • Annual Fee $35-$99, depending on creditworthiness*
  • Credit Needed Average/Fair/Bad
  • Card Brand Mastercard®


  • Click "APPLY NOW" to apply online
  • Prequalify for a card today and it will not impact your credit score
  • Less than perfect credit is okay
  • Mobile account access at any time
  • Protection from fraud if your card is stolen
  • Account history is reported to the three major credit bureaus in the U.S.
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First Progress Platinum Elite Mastercard® Secured Credit Card


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  • Improve Your Credit Score Free Credit Bureau Reporting
  • Credit Line $200 - $2,000 Credit Line*
  • Regular Purchase APR 19.99%
  • Annual Fee $29
  • Credit Needed No/Limited
  • Card Brand Mastercard®


  • Click "APPLY NOW" to apply online
  • Receive Your Card More Quickly with New Expedited Processing Option
  • No Credit History or Minimum Credit Score Required for Approval
  • Quick and Complete Online Application
  • Full-Feature Platinum Mastercard® Secured Credit Card
  • Good for Car Rental, Hotels; Anywhere Credit Cards Are Accepted!
  • Monthly Reporting to all 3 Major Credit Bureaus to Establish Credit History
  • Credit Line Secured by Your Fully-Refundable Deposit of $200 -- $2,000 Submitted with Application
  • Just Pay Off Your Balance and Receive Your Deposit Back at Any Time
  • 24/7 Online Access to Your Account
  • Nationwide Program though not yet available in NY, IA, AR, or WI * See Card Terms.
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Green Dot primor® Visa® Gold Secured Credit Card


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  • Monthly Credit Reporting Reports to the Three Major Credit Bureaus
  • Rates & Fees No Penalty Rate or Application Fees*
  • Low On-going Interest 9.99% APR*
  • Annual Fee $49
  • Credit Needed Poor/Limited/No Credit
  • Card Brand Visa®


  • Click "APPLY NOW" to apply online
  • Credit lines available from $200 to $5,000! Super Low Fixed 9.99% interest rate on purchases - with no penalty rate!
  • No minimum credit score requirements! We invite all credit types to apply! No processing or application fees!
  • Helps strengthen your credit with responsible card use. Reports to three national bureaus
  • Fast, easy application process. Choose your credit line and open your Personal Savings Deposit Account to secure your line.
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By: | Apr 29, 2016

Capital One denied me but Fingerhut OKd me. I needed a generator for a backup power source. I put the payment on autopay and now the payment will never be late and they do positive reporting, which not everyone does. And Capital One is in the same family as One Main Financial. I have had two auto loans with Capital One and two auto loans with One Main Financial all of which were on autopay and paid in full with not one single late or missed payment. Yet they still denied me a credit card due to mortgage issues from the housing market collapse in my area. Capital One is not as welcoming as they used to be.

Picture of Anna Winn

By: | Nov 18, 2015

are there any cards out there for bad credit that doesnt turn you down.

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By: CompareCards | Nov 18, 2015

Hi Anna,

If you have bad credit, you best option is probably to apply for a secured credit card. A secured card works like a normal credit card, but you have to put down a refundable security deposit to get approved. After a year or so of responsible use and on time payments, your credit score should increase significantly and you may be able to get approved for a better, unsecured card.

By: Chris Brown | Feb 23, 2018

Anna, a secured card IS the only unless you find someone who will take a chance and offer you credit

Picture of Lisa Witt

By: | Aug 31, 2015

Fingerhut is good but it takes a very long time to make sure you have the right order because a lot of times I will send it to you I would not send it to you and say they did and still charge you

Picture of Rocco Riehl

By: | Jun 10, 2015

This was a great big waste of my time. I couldn't get lucky for the life of me and now I have to wait 90 days to try again if it's worth it. If any one knows of a credit card so I can build credit please let me know. The interest rate doesn't matter. Thank you

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By: Sondra Likeyouneverseenmebefore Watson | Jul 28, 2015

First Premier, Total Visa, and Credit One Bank.

By: Hiam Awad | Feb 14, 2016

Try first premiere, Verve, or capital one.

Picture of William Mccarter

By: | May 22, 2015

I have a Total Credit Cad And i like what i have they show me how to get my credit back on track

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By: Angela Edwards | Jun 20, 2015

Can you please tell me what credit card you have because every card i apply for i get denied thank you

By: Sondra Likeyouneverseenmebefore Watson | Jul 28, 2015

He is speaking of the Total Visa Card.

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Credit Cards for Bad Credit History

So called “bad credit” credit cards are especially designed credit cards for people with bad credit, low credit, or no credit history. They can be easier to obtain compared with other credit cards because they typically offer cards with  limited scrutiny of your finances, debts, and poor credit history.

Some bad credit credit cards require that the cardholder make a payment deposit into their card account which is then used as collateral or security against any charges to the card. This is a standard prepayment process, and you basically set your own credit limit based on how much money you keep in your account. But there are even some that require no security deposit or prepayment – although these cards usually make money from cardholders by charging high interest rates and fees due to the reduced creditworthiness of the cardholder.

For most people, the best credit card for bad credit will be one that charges reasonable fees in exchange for helpful features like online bill paying and financial management tools. Study the menu of fees to see how much you can expect to pay for using the card in the way to which you are accustomed. Another key fact area to consider will be whether or not the credit card company reports to the major credit bureaus on a regular basis. This type of regular reporting is the major building block toward credit report. After taking these aspects into consideration, pick a card that suits you and use it to build up your poor credit score by making on-time payments with all creditors and keeping account balances low relative to the credit limit. This may allow you to later successfully apply for a traditional credit card with a lower rate and fewer monthly fees and charges.

Disclaimer: FICO scores are used to represent the creditworthiness of a person and may be one indicator of the credit type you are eligible for. However, credit score alone does not guarantee or imply approval for any credit card product.

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