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Finance Tips For The Graduating High School Student

Sep 1, 2008
It soon happens that once you graduate from high school and attend college, you get tempted to hold credit cards, spend money and party with friends quite frequently. However, many of you fall into a debt trap as you fail to manage your finances well. This is the same story with many high school graduates, as they suddenly get a taste of new found freedom and stay out for long with friends, splurge at the pub, and buy girlfriends or boyfriends gifts. If you plan your finances well, you would save yourself from debt and learn the secret to save more. Here are a few tips.

When it comes to money, planning plays an important role. Take help from elders to manage your finances and advice when it comes to spending. Before you purchase a credit card, understand how it works. Know the methods of payment and the time allotted to make the payment. In addition, it is good not to be greedy and have more than one credit card. When you swipe your card make sure it is for a genuine need. Try to use hard cash as far as possible. Also, be aware about the time when you need to make the payment without having to pay the credit card company interest on your outstanding loan amount. Not being able to pay credit card money will earn you a bad history, which can spell big trouble later on.

It is good to know that you cannot spend more than the amount you get as pocket money or salary. Spending more than what you get is a clear way towards debt unless your parents get you out of it. It is good to put some amount in your savings account, spare some for any emergencies, and then spend the remaining amount. This will save you from falling into debt and would add money to your kitty.

Drafting a budget always helps. Jot down your monthly expenses, the amount that you can put in bank, and the amount that you can spend. Try to stick to your budget unless an emergency occurs. To come up with an exact budget, you can observe your expenses for a month and then come up with it. This will also help you realize if you are spending more and accordingly take measures to cut down your expenses.

If you plan to take a loan, make sure you use it only for your college needs. Do not take a loan to spend lavishly on non-essentials, as this will only get you into a debt trap making it difficult to come out. Before taking a loan, it's wise to involve your parents in the decision so you make no mistakes. Use loan amounts only to pay for your fees, books, tuition fees, and other expenses relating to your education. Remember, you need to pay an interest amount on your loan and if you spend it on foolish things, you will simply invite trouble.

Once you start saving and spending in an appropriate manner, you will never have trouble managing your finances. This way, you can do more in the near future with your saved amount and would not have to worry about a bad credit history. So, have fun and make the most of a well-planned financial future, now.
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