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Students are often prone to fall under huge credit card debts due to some common mistakes done with credit cards for students. Below are some of the common mistakes that students usually make with their student credit cards.
Students make many mistakes while choosing student credit card. For instance:
Instant sign up for the first card offer:
This is the most common mistake that most students tend to commit. As they step into college, they get many credit card offers from numerous credit firms. If you are not serious about this and just sign up for the first credit card offer, chances are more to lose those good offers coming after a while. Thus, wait and look out for some reasonable offers.
Often, students are attracted by a card offers that offer goodies such as t-shirts, video games, and DVDs. Always try to avoid committing this mistake. You need to understand that these goodies are just promotional offers that hardly ever resist. Hence, always sign up after comparing and reading the terms and conditions of at least three or four credit card companies thoroughly.
Using Beyond the Credit Limit:
This is another common mistake. Often, these credit cards come with a huge credit limit, but this does not imply to spend your entire credit limit. It is important to keep the credit card balances always below 50% of the total credit limit. If you make use of the entire credit limit on expenditures, it may reflect on your credit report. In addition, you will have a tough time to pay off your balances on time, if you get into the habit of spending your entire limit.
Irregularity in Monthly Installment:
This is one biggest mistake, which students do with these credit cards. They ignore their monthly installments or skip them. In such cases, credit firms either increase the APR (Annual Percentage Rate), or charge some penalty fees or withdraw all your rewards and exclusive rights. To worsen, they may even decrease your credit limit. Incurred dues are the common cause of debts due to these credit cards.
To avoid these mistakes, do not just read the special features of these credit cards. Spend a little time in reading the terms and conditions found in the respective web site of credit card companies providing these types of credit cards. This way, you can come to know all the charges and interest rates accurately.
Ascertain those web sites that offer reviews on various credit cards for students. These web sites collect all college credit cards available in the market along with their exclusive features.
If you find difficulty in choosing a best student credit card, seek help of financial consultants, as they may give you an informed opinion about the best one available in the market.
Having a student credit card is the first and vital step to build a strong credit history for a student. You need to make an excellent good credit report, since this helps to make a good impression after graduating. Hence, remember your responsibilities and avoid making such common mistakes.
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