A year after declaring bankruptcy and moving with her daughter back into her parents’ home Nancy Silbermann is about to get a degree in nursing. As she starts out in a new career she also wants to begin a new life. One built on a solid financial base. Nancy will be starting out as a full-time nurse at a salary of $52 000 a year and she plans to continue working at a second (part-time) nursing job with an annual income of $10 500. SheII be paying back $24 000 in bankruptcy debts and wants to be able to move into an apartment within a year and then buy a condo or house in five years. Nancy won’t have to pay rent for the time that she lives with her parents. She also will have child care at no cost which will continue after she and her daughter are able to move out on their own. While the Jiving arrangement with her parents is great financially the accommodations are tight and Nancy’s work hours interfere with her parents’ routines. Everyone agrees that one more year of this is about all the family can take. However before Nancy is able to make a move-even into a rented apartment she will have to re-establish credit over and above paying off her bankruptcy debts. To rent the kind of place she’d like she needs to have a good credit record for a year; to buy a home she must sustain that credit standing for at least three to five years.
1. In addition to opening checking and savings accounts what else might Nancy do to begin establishing credit with a bank?
2. Although Nancy is unlikely to be able to obtain a major bank credit card for at least a year how might she begin establishing credit with local merchants?
3. What’s one way she might be able to obtain a bank credit card? Explain.
4. How often should Nancy monitor her credit standing with credit reporting services