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Students: Control Your Debt

Dec 6, 2007
Each year, a majority of students leaving college come home close to $20,000 in debt, not including the student loans. One of the main reasons students come home in debt is because of the majority of credit card offers on campus. Since credit cards aren't a bad thing, it all comes down to the person that is in charge of using them.

A credit card is only bad if you abuse the powers. If a student is going to go out and purchase things he/she can't afford, they will soon find out that they will be over their head in no time. The main reason this is, is because they don't physically hand of the money. Instead, they hand a plastic card over that has no value.

There are many ways to control your debt but the first thing it comes down to is the person using the credit card. If a person can accept their responsibility and be able to control their spending habits, you'll be past the hardest step in no time.

In order to achieve these first two goals, there are other optional steps that you can take in order to stop your debt in no time. If you follow these steps and use them religiously, you will find your net worth will go from the gutter to the positive side in no time.

One of the best things to do when you're controlling you debt is to use your debit card. If you don't have one, contact your bank immediately and have it linked to your checking account. This way you're able to see how much you're spending each time you use. An easy to way to control how much you're spending is to create an online bank account user name. This will immediately post each transaction you have.

Next, you'll want to create a budget. A budget is helpful for month to month activities. This will show you how much money is going out and in. This will also give you a better overall picture of how your finances are. It's usually best to add in savings as a bill too so that you can save a little bit on the side as well. If you stick with your budget, this will be one of the best debt fighters in the long run.

These are just a few ideas when it comes to fighting debt. In the long run, you should use your imagination on creative ways to save money. Instead of going out to eat, buy a cheap can of soup and make a tuna fish sandwich. That right there will save you a few bucks. If you continue to be creative and get into the habit of doing these things, you won't have a probably at all with paying off your debt after college.

If you come out of college in debt, don't let it get you down because you're not alone. In fact, you're in the majority. If you're motivated and have a strong mind, you'll be able to kiss your debt goodbye in no time.
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Tom Tessin runs and operates FINDcollegecards.com that focues on credit cards for students.
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