Sep 23, 2010
It is cheaper to learn from other people’s mistakes than to learn from trial-and-error. That’s why it is important to find out the experiences of people who have “been there, done that” especially with regards to financial management. Some wish they can go back to their 20’s to undo the mistakes of the past. Meanwhile, there are others who regret the financial decisions they made earlier.
The experiences of different individuals in debt and personal finance will definitely vary greatly. For example, some people wish they haven’t spent that much while others might regret saving too much and not spending enough on themselves while they were younger. This article won’t provide concrete steps. Rather, we aim to help you see the alternatives:
Saving 10 Percent of Your Income – instead of spending all your salary as soon as you receive it, save 7 to 10 percent. Many people regret their free spending ways. For instances, by saving a little bit of money every month, you may be able to buy a nice house outright for your retirement in 30 years.
Waiting Too Long – when it comes to money, not doing anything is a decision to do something. By postponing the decision to start an IRA in your early 20’s, for example, you will have less investment for retirement and you may also need debt help. The same is true in other things, if you can afford to buy a house today, it might be a good idea to buy because inflation might drive it up over the short or long term.
Making Transfers Inconvenient – some people do get the idea. Many couples today actually have a separate “emergency” account that receives automatic savings. But that money is a temptation and you may need debt help because of this. By making it hard to transfer money to your checking account, you are likely to spend less as well. Also, make that “emergency” money almost impossible to reach for impulse buys.
These are just some of the actions you can take starting today. There are many financial decisions you that need to be made every single day. Plan and choose your next move carefully and get debt help as soon as you need it.
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