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10 Worst Money Mistakes People Turning 30 Want All 20-Somethings To Know

10 Worst Money Mistakes People Turning 30 Want All 20-Somethings To Know

We all make mistakes – whether small or big; we humans are prone to imperfections. When making mistakes relating to money, these can often be harmful. Here are 10 money mistakes that can potentially prove dangerous for people who are turning 30 or will be soon.

1. Not being able to save where it actually matters

Saving is one of the basics of life. However, if we save, and it doesn’t matter, why save? The key to saving is saving where it actually counts and actually matters. Investing is definitely important but don’t burden yourself.

2. Focusing on the next generation’s future (ie. education) and forgetting about retirement

It’s great to focus and pay attention to your kids. Retirement is also a big factor and you don’t want to put that off until later. Make sure you invest your time and money on your retirement also.

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3. Forgetting about insurance

Insurance is a valuable resource and tool in today’s day and age. Why lose focus on it?

Later in life, around your 40’s and 50’s, you can’t be sure what will happen. Instead of assuming everything will work out exactly as you’ve planned, be careful, and invest in your insurance, as it will provide you with extensive coverage and peace of mind.

4. What about Long-Term Disability Insurance?

When talking about mistakes, we must talk about long-term disability insurance. Many neglect this aspect of life.

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Statistics show that over 25% of Americans will be disabled before retirement. Do something before this takes a toll on you. It is always an advantage to be safe rather than be sorry. Make the right choice. Get that long-term disability insurance in check and working for you. You’ll be happy you did.

5. Forgetting to discuss money as marriage plans approach

Marriage is an expensive time in anybody’s life. Forgetting to discuss what money will be invested and spent is a huge mistake especially during a time when saving money is of great value.

6. Spending absurdly on that wedding we talked about

We all dream of having the perfect marriage with the bright and fancy colors. However, going overboard, when financial discretion should be shown, is a mistake many 20-somethings make. Don’t let it happen to you. Conserve when you can. Spend when it’s necessary and when it adds significant value. Don’t uselessly spend money where it doesn’t need to be spent. This can become a huge mistake that is sometimes irreparable.

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7. Wasting endless amounts of money on the first child

There is a huge difference between pampering and providing what your child really needs. A first child is every parents dream, but spending too much on the first child deprives the children who are born later. What if you spend so much on the first kid, and then forget to do it, or not have enough money for the rest of the kids? You don’t want to let this happen as all kids deserve to be treated equally. So, make you sure conserve some of your money here.

8. Car crazy

We all dream of the perfect car that looks amazing, speeds, and shimmers on the highway. However, spending excessively on that particular dream car, may lead you to doom. Don’t let yourself go all out on it. Conserve here again so you won’t regret later on in life especially when your thirties arrive.

9. Graduate School

Graduate School is a wonderful place to continue your education, knowledge, and build on your resume. However, having said that, don’t just waste money there, if you don’t really know what to do in life. If you have a clear plan, go all out to graduate school and secure your place. However, Graduate School is primarily expensive and is not for the masses. If you think you can do it, great! If not, disregard this option and continue working.

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10. Getting a job for money’s sake

Don’t do this. Money will come and go. Prepare for the next phase of your life but don’t push away dreams and aspirations for the sake of money. Money isn’t everything in the world. It is a safety net but it isn’t everything. You can’t buy away your love or dreams, so don’t do this.

Instead do something you love, and then hope to make a ton of money in the future. Just don’t do it for the present moment. Think about your long term goals.

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Last Updated on April 3, 2019

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

1. Consider Consolidating Multiple Credit Cards If Possible

This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

2. Try to Pay the Full Balance You Spent Each Month at the Very Least

You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

3. Pay Extra When You Can – Every Small Amount Counts

This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

4. Create a Plan on How to Pay Extra

Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

5. Cut out Costs for Services You Do Not Use

If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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6. Get Aggressive About It

Consider these points:

Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

7. Reevaluate Your Progress at Set Intervals

Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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Finally (and most importantly)…

8. Keep Trying

Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

Start Knocking out Your Debt Today

The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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