When Should I Apply For A Credit Card?

By • Apr 2nd, 2009 • Category: Credit

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Before you go and decide to apply for a credit card to buy those new shoes, you may want to take a moment to carefully consider your purchase. Being away from home at college is a liberating time. You are surrounded by new people and have a new set of responsibilities placed onto your shoulders. Applications for MasterCard, Discover and Visa credit cards are all around you. The mantra of “buy now, pay later” echoes through the halls.

Instant approval credit cards may be a godsend when you find yourself in desperate need of school supplies or in need of the basic essentials. However, far too often the ability to easily apply and get one can lead to massive financial problems. Student credit card debt is out of control. Students are inundated with bank credit cards, MasterCard or Visa credit card offers and many do not consider the ramifications of how easy it is to abuse their use.

No one doubts that college is expensive. Tuition, room, board and associated fees can wipe out savings very quickly. You, as a student, may have such an immense class schedule that makes working part time impossible. This is especially difficult if you are involved in school activities, such as sports or academic organizations. Most parents cannot afford to pay for all the extra expenses a student incurs, not to mention if there are off campus expenses and luxuries wanted.

It is important to remember that when you apply for a credit card and have received it, you have agreed to the lender’s terms. Only use the line of credit as an emergency source of funds should you find yourself in need. You do not want to find yourself with maxed out cards and no way to meet the monthly minimum payments. Pay attention to the fine print and the interest rates.

Apply for a credit card and use it when you absolutely must. Do not continuously apply for those college student credit cards just because you can save 10% off your purchase. Eventually, you will have to pay back the balance and you may not have the funds available should a real emergency happen. Try to remember that going out with your friends for a night on the town does not qualify as an emergency!

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