The first year of college for many freshman means getting their first student credit card. While the Credit CARD Act of 2009 severely restricts handing out plastic to those under 21, you can get a card if your parent co-signs on the card or if you can prove that you have the income to pay the bills. Your first credit card can be a great personal finance tool, but can also bring disaster if used recklessly.
A college student I know recently asked me if I had some tips for using his first credit card, so I thought I would share my ideas here as well. And for more money and credit advice, check out 10 of my favorite blog posts from personal finance bloggers from the past week.