Advice for students with credit cards and bad debt

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It can be really tempting for students with credit cards to create bad debt.  Students can be very busy with school and studies that they are unable to work and keep up with their expenses.  Therefore, it is imperative that they stay up on their debt and manage their money well.

The first step that you need to do is to learn how to manage the little money you have properly.  Set yourself on a budget.  Your student loans will be piling up and bills will keep coming in.  It will lead to a stressful situation that you will not have time to deal with, and haunt you in the future.

Make a list of your bills and expenses.  Be sure to include everything from monthly bills, to going out to dinner with your friends.  Once you have completed this list you can see if there are any costs that you can trim, such as lowering your cell phone plan.

Obtain a free copy of your credit report.  You are entitled to a free copy of your credit report once a year and it is recommend that you get one to stay on top of things.  Checking your credit more than once a year could be harmful to your score, with many inquiries.

Try to lower your credit card balances.  If you have any free time between classes you can always pick up a part time job, to help you along the way.  Consolidate all of your credit cards into one, preferably the one with the lowest interest rate.

If you do not have any credit cards and already have bad credit, now is the time to see if you can get a small consolidation loan to pay back and start rebuilding your credit.  You have your whole life ahead of you, and you want to stay on top of things so that you can have a home in the future.  Work with your local bank to see if you can get a small personal loan, probably with a higher interest rate, and start rebuilding your credit.

It is not easy when you are in school to work and juggle everything, but it is important in become a financially responsible person.  See if you can pick up small and easy jobs for a little money on the side so that you do not have to use your credit cards for everything.  They should be used for emergencies.

It is typical to make mistakes when you are young, but it is important to learn from them and correct the problem before it becomes bigger than you can handle.


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