2 What do you think?Nearly ___% of teens owe money to either a person or company, with an average debt of $___.About ____% of teens age already have more than $1,000 in debt.___% of teens say they understand how credit card interest and fees work.___% of teens say they know how to establish good credit.
3 What is Credit?Credit means that someone will loan you money in exchange for your promise to repay it, usually with interest.Reminder: Interest is the amount you pay to use someone else’s money.The money that someone is willing to loan you is called the Principle.
4 Types of CreditCredit CardInstallment LoanStudent LoanMortgage
5 Things to keep in mind Annual Percentage Rate (APR) Annual Fees Credit LimitFinance ChargeOrigination FeeLoan TermGrace PeriodOver-the-limit fees and Late FeesRead the Small Print!
6 Credit: the good Convenience Protection Emergencies Opportunity to build CreditQuicker GratificationSpecial OffersBonuses
7 Credit: the BadINTEREST!!!OverspendingDebtIdentity Theft
8 4 C’s of CreditCollateralCapitalCapacityCharacter
9 Credit ScoreA Credit Score is a number that reflects your credit worthiness.There are 3 agencies in which one can receive a credit report:Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion
10 Making your credit score go UP Pay bills on time!Make regular deposits into a savings account.Minimize the number of Credit Cards.Make small purchases and pay them off.
11 Bringing your score DOWN Making late payments.Bouncing ChecksHaving too many Credit CardsMaintaining high balances on your Credit CardsChanging Credit Cards frequently
12 70-20-10 Rule Good way to keep Debt in check. Spend 70% of your income on living expenses.Spend 20% in Savings.Use the Remaining 10% to pay off debt.
13 How to avoid Credit Problems Read the fine print.Be choosy about your Credit Cards.Pay as much as you can every month.Pay your bills before they are due.Set up automatic payments if possible.Save, Save, Save.
14 BankruptcyChapter 7 – allows you to erase most of your debt. To qualify, you typically must be unemployed or have a very low income. You must also undergo financial counseling as part of the process.Chapter 13 – allows you to repay many of your debts over a period of time, usually no more than 5 years. A court typically oversees the repayment plan to make sure that you do.