During college, many students are forced to live on limited incomes, relying solely on money from their student loans or financial rations from their parents. Once college graduates secure their first full-time jobs, they may suddenly find themselves with more monthly income than they are accustomed to having. It’s important for any recent college graduate to effectively manage his or her new finances in order to avoid going into severe debt.
Know your credit score
As soon as you borrow money from a lending institution that reports to a major credit bureau, you have established a credit report. Home loans, student loans, and most credit card agencies report to the three major U.S. credit bureaus. In addition, any unpaid utility or medical bills can be reported to a credit agency if the bills are handed over to a collection agency. How you use your credit and pay back your obligations will be used in the calculation of your credit score. It’s important to periodically review your credit score and look for any mistakes to ensure that you are on the right financial track.
Use debt sparingly
You should never borrow an amount of money that you aren’t able to pay back. If you have never had a credit card before, begin by just taking out one credit card. You can also build up a favorable credit score by taking out a secured credit card, which you pay for in advance. You will need to start repaying any federal student loan debt, including Stafford and Perkins loans, six months after you stop going to school.
Even though you might have more income than you were previously used to, it’s important to limit your spending habits. As a young adult, you should be building up savings and emergency funds, not spending your entire monthly paycheck on shopping, morning coffees, or expensive dinners.
If you are facing financial difficulties, Burr Law Office can help. Attorney Burr offers affordable bankruptcy services and will work with your unique financial situation to find your best debt resolution option. You can schedule a meeting by calling (877) 891-1638.