With the average recent graduate in 2014 accumulating almost $30,000 in student debt, now is not the time to spend money on purchases you do not need.
The moment a new college graduate starts earning an income, it will generally be more net cash flow coming into their household than they have ever seen before in their lives. Often, this new found cash flow can burn a hole in the pocket of new college graduate. Spending a ton of cash to take a huge car loan on a nice sports car, taking too fancy a vacation, or even buying a new home when you aren’t ready for all the ancillary expenses can pile debt higher and deeper before student loans are paid off. Incurring more debt after your enormous student debt is a very bad idea.
Now is the time to take stock of exactly where you are with each and every loan. You should access the National Student Loan Data System and see what amount is on each loan, the overall interest rate, and the length of term of the loan. There are software programs on the internet to help a new college graduate manage the loans, and the most important step is to get a detailed plan together on how you plan to pay off the loans.
What most college graduates don’t want to hear is the term ‘delayed gratification’. Do your best to make more than the minimum payment and once you are done with one loan than add that payment to the next loan until you pay them all off. The really smart move after you pay off all the loan is continue to save that monthly payment for your future whether it is for retirement or an accumulation goal you have for the future. Don’t delay if at all possible because compounding interest is not your friend!
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