debt

8 ways 20-somethings can deal with debt

Protect yourself
Next
Slide 3 of 9
Back
Protect yourself

New grads in their early 20s should also prepare for disaster, says Kim McGrigg, spokeswoman for the financial consulting nonprofit Money Management International in Sugar Land, Texas.

"There are some things that graduates will have to do for the first time, like getting health care coverage, renters or homeowners insurance, and auto insurance," she says. "These things should be factored into your budget as a need rather than a want."

McGrigg says 20-somethings should factor in $10 to $20 per month for renters insurance, but auto insurance can range from $800 to several thousand annually. Grads may get help with health insurance. Under the new health care law, children can stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26. According to information released from the White House, 96 percent of all companies with more than 50 employees also offer health insurance to employees.

If parents and employers aren't options, grads should compare policies carefully before buying, says Manisha Thakor, author of "Get Financially Naked." "If you're in your 20s, you can find plans that aren't more than $100 a month," she says. "They aren't robust plans, but they'll give you something."

Next
Slide 3 of 9
Back

 

 

 

advertisement

Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us
advertisement
CREDIT CARD WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Get advice for managing credit cards, building your credit history and improving your credit score. Delivered weekly.

Debt Adviser

Charged-off debt still on me?

Dear Debt Adviser, If a debt is charged off, am I responsible for paying off that debt? -- Jenny Dear Jenny, Yes, oui, ja, da, si and dui. In any language, including good ol' American legalese, you must pay. But don't... Read more

advertisement
Partner Center
advertisement

Connect with us