10 Tips for College Students

Monday, September 21 at 09:20 AM
Category: Personal Finance

College students, you understand GPAs and test scores, but do you understand your credit score or the value of saving? The American Bankers Association provides 10 tips to give you an edge on mastering personal finance.

  1. You are in charge. You are responsible for your finances and you should act accordingly by creating a realistic budget or plan and sticking to it.
  2. Watch spending. You control your money, determining how much you spend or save. Pace spending and increase saving by cutting unnecessary expenses like eating out or shopping so your money can last throughout the semester.
  3. Use credit wisely. Understand the responsibilities and benefits of credit. How you handle your credit in college could affect you well after graduation. Shop around for a card that best suits your needs.
  4. Utilize your bank account. Banks are more than money in a vault. They offer valuable services students can benefit from like check cashing, debit cards, online banking, balance alerts, personal loans, direct deposit, financial education and some offer identity theft protection.
  5. Lookout for money. There's a lot of money available for students, you just have to look for it. Apply for scholarships and look for student discounts.
  6. New is out. Consider buying used books or ordering them online. Buying books can become expensive and often used books are in as good of shape as new ones.
  7. Entertain on a budget. Limit your hanging out fund. There are lots of fun activities to keep you busy in college and most are free to students. Use your meal plan or sample new recipes instead of eating out.
  8. Be particular when it comes to money. Don't just trust anyone with your money. Be skeptical of classmates, friends or salespeople that have ideas for your money.
  9. Save. Things happen, and it's important you are financially prepared when your car or computer breaks down or when you have to buy that unexpected bus ticket home. No matter how small the amount, you should start putting some money away immediately.
  10. Ask. This is a learning experience, so if you need help, ask. Your parents or your banker are a good place to start, and remember the sooner the better.
Now that you’ve done your reading assignment, your homework in personal finance is to practice these wise money management skills.
Information courtesy of American Bankers Association.

Tags: Budgeting, Credit Cards, Financial Education
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