19 year old, first time credit card?


i am 19, just completed my first year of undergrad, and i applied for a credit card with discover.

i have discussed this with my parents, who have amazing credit, however although i am not in debt i love to shop and spend money and so far i've been doing well with my debit card, through wamu, and now chase. I hate chase so i have since switched to bank of america.

i just want to know how to be successful with a credit card. i am very proud of myself i have not had an overdraft fee not once! this year

i have had MANY in the past. i always have the cash though, just sometimes its not in the right account.

how can i be positively sure that i will not lose it? and prove to my parents that i can be responsible and pay my bill on time and what not?

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Under the new credit law, you must be over 21 to obtain a credit card, you must have a track record on the job, and income verification is required. Students might get a supplemental card on their parents' credit card account, if your parents apply for it and guarantee payment. If they make you responsible for your own charges on their account, remember that they remain liable under the law. Any failure to pay on your part ruins their credit rating!

    No overdraft fees this past year, after a record of "many" in the past? That's an improvement, but son't pat yourself on the back. You, by your own admission here, are not paying enough attention to your finances, your account(s). You prevent losing your card, prevent overdrafts, etc, by paying attention to what you are doing. You don't appear to be doing enough of that if you are afraid of losing a card, afraid you cannot prove to your parents that you are responsible, "sometimes it's not in the right account," etc.

    First work on keeping closer track of your spending, your account balances, what money is in which account. In a couple more years, with proper practice, you'll know whether you could keep track of your credit card if you got one. You'd have the money in "the right account," before you wrote any checks. You'd know your balances, and what upcoming bills need to be paid when - before you spent anything else. You are not ready for a credit card, but then, you already know that if you are willing to admit it.

  • 1 decade ago

    New Federal laws have passed that will make it virtually impossible for anyone under 21 to get a credit card.

    If you get turned down, try again and get your parents to co-sign on the card with you.

    You can remove them at age 21

    If you do this promise them you will pay in full each month.

    Since by carrying balances you will not only reduce your credit rating - but theirs also.

    No games - remember to pay in full each month.


  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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