Nothing symbolizes the entry of adulthood and independence much better than being in college. Most especially if you’re working your way through it. If look back in our lives, college would seem to be the time when we both get to enjoy our youth and being an adult.
But we all know being an adult comes with a lot of responsibilities. Couple this with the exuberance, the carefree ways and sometimes, the stupidity of youth, there will come a time when we get ourselves into trouble, especially when it comes to our finances.
College is not just about having to study your lessons, write your papers and preparing for the exams, nor is it about having all the wondrous parties, hanging around with friends or maybe going around the mall looking for the perfect gadgets and outfits. We should all consider the bills we have to pay and all the other expenses.
Many of us in the past years have enjoyed the privilege and the benefits of having a student credit card. We are able to purchase almost everything we need even if we don’t have any money yet. But of course, a student credit card is not a gift check or the like. Every purchase that we charge to our student credit card must be paid at the end of the month when the bill comes in. If not, then instead of looking forward to a great and promising future when we graduate, it could be piles of debt that we may need to work hard for just to pay not only the capital, but also the mounting interest.
A lot of people may insist that there shouldn’t even be credit cards available for college students. Why? It’s obvious, a lot of college students are not just responsible having one yet. There are a lot of temptations around them and making purchases can be very tempting even when they don’t have the means to pay or afford it.
But then again there are some people who would argue that credit cards would help train them as adults and owning one would better prepare them for their future. Both have their points, but nevertheless, the student credit card is already here. So the next best thing is for parents, or the students on their own, employ effective methods to control their spending and keep them out of debt. Here’s a few ways on how to do it.
• Prepare a budget before getting a student credit card. You must know how much you are able to pay for and revolve around it. List down all the necessary things you must spend your money on and only add luxuries if your income or allowance still allows it to.
• Stick to your budget no matter what. If you think you don’t have the discipline to do so, dot get a student credit card, it’s too much of a temptation. Having a student credit card doesn’t mean you only have to pay the minimum, even though you can. This is the way the credit card company makes money; the less you pay the more interest you have to deal with.
• Use your credit card only on purchases you can’t afford to pay cash for at the moment. This is for things that can be quite expensive yet is really needed and can be used over and over again. Don’t ever splurge and pay for cash on purchases that you are able to.
• Be responsible and pay off everything that you charged by yourself. Don’t go whining to your parents every month to take care of your balances. Show a little self respect and prove to everyone that you’re mature enough to take responsibility of your actions.