If your son is paying rent and has only a part-time job, he's going to have to budget very carefully. The last thing he needs at this stage of his life is a big credit card balance. No matter which card he chooses, the quickest way to build credit is to pay off the balance every month without fail.
I'd recommend a card with no annual fee and a low interest rate. And if your son lives within his means and pays off the card every month, the interest rate may not matter as much.
- Gas cards can be a simple way to build good credit if they are paid off each month. They typically don't require a long credit history.
If you run into roadblocks with these options, then take a look at secured credit cards, which can be an excellent way of building up a credit history. However, you have to front your own money to put on the card (say $200), and some secured cards come with steep fees and high interest rates. Also, before acquiring a secured card, ask the issuer which credit bureaus they report to. That reporting is what will build his credit history.
- I have a credit score of 650 and need to re-establish my good credit. I won't carry a balance. Please advise regarding the credit card I can qualify for.
- "Your credit card has been declined…"
- Can you enter household income where it says annual income on a credit card application?
- Should you pay your utility bill with a credit card if you can?
- Some credit cards put foreign transaction fees on vacation