By Francine Huff
If you're just starting out in the work force, you may be concerned about establishing good credit. You may already have thousands of dollars in student loans and run up other bills, so it's important that any financial products you sign up for won't add to your debt.
Many recent graduates turn to credit cards to buy furniture, a wardrobe for work, and other items they need to strike out on their own. Before signing up for a credit card, do your homework to find one that offers a zero percent interest rate.
Graduating with credit card debt
Graduating from college with thousands of dollars in debt from student loans and credit cards isn't uncommon these days. A 2009 Sallie Mae study found that 84 percent of undergraduates had at least one credit card and that half of students had four or more credit cards. Seniors graduated with average credit card debt of $4,100, up from $2,900 in 2004.
Why get zero interest credit cards?
Getting a credit card with a zero percent rate is almost the same as getting a credit card for free -- at least to start. Some cards may offer a zero percent rate for purchases and balance transfers, while some offer no interest only for transfers.
Read the full article »