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Need a credit card? 5 sites to check out first

If you're looking to open a new credit card, it can be difficult to figure out what card best suits your needs. Do you need discounts on gas? Low APR?  A high credit limit?

But with these five sites, you "can comparison shop at a lot of those credit cards without actually going to those banks directly and doing your research at 15 or 16 different websites," according to Credit Sesame's John Ulzheimer.

Mint

At Mint, users can either fill out a five question survey or link their current credit card accounts to analyze. Mint will provide a few credit card options based on how much you spend, what you spend money on (like dining out or movies), and your credit score to find the best credit card for the way you spend.

Bankrate

Bankrate provides a variety of lists to help you choose what type of credit card you'd like. Whether you want airline miles, cards that cater to people with low credit scores or a low-interest credit card, Bankrate breaks down all your options in each category.

Credit Sesame

Credit Sesame, like Mint, picks the best credit card option for you based on your spending habits. Credit Sesame also maintains lists of credit card types, and provides advice on their choices, if you'd like to compare cards on your own. 

Credit.com

Credit.com can monitor your current credit card and other bank accounts to see where your credit score likely lies. With that information, you can use their questionnaire to choose the best credit card for your needs. 

Cardratings.com

Cardratings.com provides a breakdown of every credit card on the market, so you can compare cards and see which one best fits your needs. 

About the author

Carmen Wong Ulrich is the former host of Marketplace Money, APM’s weekend personal finance program.
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