Stretch Your Dollar: Financial conversations to have with your child before they start college

Stretch Your Dollar

High school graduations are around the corner and millions of students will be starting college for the first time.

For many of them finances will be a big struggle.

We are stretching your dollar with a look at how to send your child off with the information they need to keep from falling into financial trouble.

Credit cards, student loans, and debt are major challenges for college students. But parents can help them avoid financial ruin by having these key conversations.

First, financial experts recommend talking to them about spending and figuring out where they can make cuts to save more.

“What gets measured gets improved. Even if you have caviar taste, as long as you’re tracking it, you will get the information to make adjustments yourself,” said Alok Deshpande, Smartpath Financial

Second, experts say teach them how to invest money early.

“You can start at twenty-one even contributing to the match in your retirement plan, ten years later you’ll look and say oh my goodness I’ve got fifty-thousand dollars or one-hundred thousand dollars,” said Deshpande. 

And third, emphasize the importance of managing student loans and controlling their credit use.

“When the bank allows you to have credit, the lesser you use, the higher the credit score. It looks like you’re more responsible with it, said Deshpande. 

Finally, discuss how to negotiate.

Experts say if the art of deal-making is nurtured early it can translate to future financial success.

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