Choosing the best credit card for your age

Choosing the best credit card for your age
Choosing the best credit card for your age

You probably wouldn't realize it from the way credit card companies market to consumers willy-nilly, but there are big differences between the "ideal" credit card for a college grad and those marketed toward his or her grandparents. According to experts WalletPop interviewed by phone recently, you really need to keep in mind what stage of life you're in (young adult, married, senior and so on) when you shop for a credit card.

We consulted with Curtis Arnold, founder of CardRatings.com, and Gerri Detweiler, credit adviser for Credit.com, to ask them for advice and strategies consumers at seven critical life stages should use when they consider applying for a credit card.

Do you have the right card for your life stage? Read on. You may be surprised at what you learn.