By Richmond Acheampong / Jul 13, 2005, 22:05
Summary: Credit cards, financial plans, and investments all have both good and bad sides. If you don’t put them to good use, or abuse them, or, in some cases, don’t have them at all, it can lead to financial difficulties or even bankruptcy. Here are eight things to avoid to keep yourself out of financial trouble.
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1. Don’t focus on your finances
The reason most people get into debt is because they don’t spend enough time focusing on their finances. You need to get a grasp of where you’re at financially, keep track of your income in relation to expenses and spending habits.
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2. Failure to develop a good financial plan
No one would imagine going on vacation without planning for it. Yet when finances are concerned, many people don’t plan. A good financial plan can be the difference between comfortable living and struggling to get by.
3. Waiting too long to invest
When making investments, time is of the essence. Compound interest earns money over time; so don’t wait too long to save for retirement. The longer you wait to invest, the smaller your return on investment.
4. Marrying the wrong person
Who you marry has a huge impact on your finances. Couples with different views on money, create stress in their marriage. Divorce apart from the emotional pain and suffering causes financial heartache.
Although habits seem minor, the prices add up. Buying a $1 coffee each day cost you $365 every year. Imagine how much more money you spend by eating out regularly. If you smoke, the cost of cigarettes along could drive you to quit.
6. Running up credit card balances
If you carry unpaid balances on credit cards, you are already losing money in interest payments alone. Credit card companies have high interest charges that accumulate with unpaid balances.
7. Be under-insured
You need to protect yourself and your family from unforeseen emergencies, sickness, accidents and possible death. The goal is to make sure that you have proper financial coverage incase anything should happen.
8. Investing in things you don’t understand
If I had a dollar for every sure fire stock tip… I’d be rich. Then I’d lose that money by investing in those tips. Make sure you know what you are investing in, by asking a lot of questions, don’t hesitate to get another financial opinion.
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About the Author
Richmond Acheampong is the editor and founder of Parent Tree online family Resource. A web site that promotes family health and balance with thought provoking articles, products, advice columns and resourceful links. For more information, visit: http://www.parenttree.com
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