Friday

My College Credit Card Debt Mistake

Guest Post by Christine Kane

I have not had a credit card in over 10 years. I have chosen this path because I learned an important lesson at a young age. I was a freshman in College learning the ins and outs like how to sleep with your eyes open during lecture. When I wasn’t mastering this art form I was enjoying living the fine life with weekend road trips, new clothes, fine dining, parties and concerts.

Like most Colleges that first week of school when doe eyed freshman arrive, there are lot of on campus things to attend. Most colleges have a meeting where students can find new clubs, organizations and programs to become a part of. Roaming these halls are bankers and credit card givers.

I was approached by a charming fellow just a few years older than me. He offered me a credit card and I declined because I had heard from my family that is what I needed to do. After I said no, he persisted with his sales pitch of the credit card. Except, I didn’t realize it was sales pitch. These words that flowed from his mouth were music to my ears. Promises of low interest rate (what’s that? I had no idea), easy to use, use it for beer, books and gas. SOLD. I signed up and signed my credit score life away.

This little piece of plastic became my study, party and shopping buddy. I didn’t really know the limit or what would happen if the limit was exceeded. I didn’t know understand that paying the minimum wasn’t good. I had no idea, because no one told me.

6 months past and before I knew it I had accumulated almost 4,000 dollars of debt. Oops. What now? I panicked and when the card stopped working and the calls started coming, I did what any 18 year old girl does, I cried. I knew had to make that dreaded phone call home to explain that their scholarly daughter had in fact made a very uneducated financial move.

After a few lectures and a few ‘pull you out of school’ threats, we all calmed down. Thank goodness I was lucky to have parents that could afford to help me out of my mistake. They took the card and paid it off. I got job and to pay them back, plus interest, of course.

My advice to parents or young college students. Educate yourself on credit cards. Parents sit down with your child and explain the basics behind it. Students avoid the smooth talking men and pretty woman with shiny cards. Don’t ruin your credit like I did. And if you are in debt, don’t be afraid to ask for help from anyone whether they are your financial adviser or parent.


Author Bio:
Christine Kane from internet service providers, she is a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 @ gmail.com.

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