Most people today must borrow money to buy a car, a house, or go to college. Borrowing with credit cards is a way of life in the modern world. Readers learn how to make credit work for them instead of falling into long-term debt. This invaluable guide covers secured and unsecured credit, how to calculate interest, understanding statements, choosing the right card, fees, billing cycles, minimum payments, balance transfers, and cash advances. Readers will learn about credit scores and credit reports, whether they are a good credit risk, and how to protect their personal information.