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Student Credit Card - Good Idea

Nov 8, 2007
Applying for your first credit card can be a fun and exciting time. This is the first step to adulthood. When you think of the word, "credit card", you probably instantly think of trouble. This is because most Americans today don't know how to manage their money properly putting them in severe debt.

A Student Credit Card is a good idea depending on the user and how you use it. If you're able to manage your money and stay clear of debt, you're going to be on the right path. If you don't think you're going to have the responsibility and you think you'll get into debt quick, steer clear of credit cards for a while. It would probably be best until you get a stable job before thinking of applying.

Credit cards are a great way to put your money on hold. If you say, get paid every other week and you won't have access to your spending cash for a few weeks, this is where a credit card comes in handy. Once your bill comes in the mail, you will have access to your cash by then and will then be able to pay off the bill in full. It's important that you pay off this bill in full because interest rates apply for every dollar you don't pay off!

One of the nicest things about carrying around your new credit card is that you don't have to worry about fraud or theft. You are only responsible for the first fifty dollars. This is great if you like to spend money online. Even though you should still worry about security, it's important that you check your credit report at least once a year to avoid credit fraud. The government has made it so that you can check your report absolutely free once a year.

Credit cards are a great item to carry around if you know how to use it. The key is to spend what you can afford. You can't treat this credit card as if it's free money because believe me; the card can rack up quick. If you make a few small purchase that are around twenty dollars, five of those add up to a quick hundred bucks. Do you see where this is going? It's important that you create an online account via your credit card companies website. Every week or so you should log in and check out your transactions. You'll have to make sure you'll be able to pay off these bills in full at the end of each month.

Credit cards overall are a great idea. It's a lot safer than carrying cash and it's a lot more traceable. If you think about it, every time you spend a dollar in cash, you tend to forget down the road on where you spent that money. With a credit card, like mentioned above, you'll be able to track every penny and see where all of your money has been going. This is a great tool if you want to track your budget.

If you don't like the idea of carrying around cash and you love to shop around not having to worry about your money being lost or stolen, a student credit card is a great idea for you. It has so many advantages and if you're responsible enough, it can go a long ways!
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Tom Tessin is an exclusive author to FINDcollegecards which focuses on Credit Cards for Students.
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