Synopses & Reviews
Going away to school, everyone gets the same lecture: Only use your credit card in an emergency. Well, a 1:00 A.M. pizza is an emergency, right? And a new snowboard? After a semester or two of "emergencies," not to mention the phone bill, the meal plan, text-books, car repairs, rent, and spring-break airline tickets, you may find yourself in a serious mess.
So whether you're just heading off to school, or counting down the days to graduation, Dollars & Sense for College Students will help you develop the smart habits and make the savvy decisions that will keep you out of financial trouble. The advice inside includes:
*Choosing a credit card, and the truth about "teaser" rates
*Managing your bank accounts
*Becoming a smart shopper: "Do I have to have it today?"
*Owning a car at school: what to watch for
*Setting a budget
*Finding great deals: travel, computers, phone service, and more!
About the Author
Ellen Braitman is an assistant editor at Consumer Reports and has also written for SmartMoney magazine. She graduated from Cornell University, where she was editor-in-chief of The Cornell Daily Sun, and now lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
ch. 1.If money doesn't grow on trees, where will I get it --ch. 2.How not to run out of money --ch. 3.Banking 101 --ch. 4.World of plastic --ch. 5.Payback time --ch. 6.Roof over hour head --ch. 7.Smart shopping --ch. 8.Consumer protection --ch. 9.Healthy choices --ch. 10.Fun in the sun --ch. 11.Investment saving --ch. 12.Reality strikes --ch. 13.FAQs about personal finance --Conclusion: the buck stops here.