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What is a Cash Back credit card?

Cash Back credit cards give cash rewards to cardholders for making purchases with the card. A cardholder accumulates cash rewards based on the dollar amount of his/her purchases with that particular credit card over a period of time.

A typical cash back rate hovers around 1%. However, some cards offer a higher cash back percentage with increased usage and some offer a higher cash back percentage at select merchants. Many cash back cards offer cash back on purchases but do not offer cash rewards on balance transfers or cash advances.

Each cash back credit card is a bit different, so be sure to read the terms and conditions to find out what cash back percentage you can expect, whether there is a limit on how much can be accumulated in a year, etc. Be sure to thoroughly look over the terms and conditions for each specific card.