Patti says, “Credit cards can be a man’s (and woman’s) best friend…or worst enemy. They can save the day when an unexpected expense occurs, a flat tire at 2:00 am blows, or a medical emergency hits you from behind. In the event of an amazing sale at your favorite store, this little piece of plastic can become your biggest nightmare.
For college bound teens, credit card companies have, in years past, made it very easy to obtain credit cards. According to a recent Sallie Mae study, college students carried an average balance of $3,173 on their credit cards last year, a record high since the first analysis in 1998. A whopping 82 percent revolved a balance each month.
On May 22, President Barack Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure, or Credit CARD, Act of 2009 into law. Among many changes, one in particular is geared towards those college kids.
Effective February 2010, consumers under age 21…”
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