Welcome to the Real World: A Beginner's Guide to Money

Updated May 30, 2017

Opening and Using Bank Accounts

First things first: If you don't have one already, it's time to open a bank account so you have an easy way to access and use your money. You might even make a bit of interest, while you're at it. Here are the basics of bank accounts. 


Dealing With Student Loan Debt

If you're like many new grads, you're coming out of school with some student loan debt. While your first bill probably won't arrive until six months after graduation, you'll need to come up with a gameplan for paying it off -- or finding a way to get out of it. 

Your Credit Score

Your credit score is one of the most important aspects of your financial life, and a having a good score will help you get credit cards, low-interest loans, and even apartment leases. Here's how it all works.

Budgeting Your Money

Unless you're making a lot of money right out of college, you'll probably need to make a budget to make sure you don't run out of money. And even if you're comfortable that your income can cover your expenses, a good budget will allow you to start saving away money for an emergency fund or retirement. Learn how to make a budget that works for you, and get valuable tips for staying on track.