30's are an exciting time where you make several financial decisions that may make or break the foundation of your financial future.
During your 30's you might get married, have your first child, buy a home, advance in your career, etc. These are decisions that have huge financial implications and committing financial mistakes in your 30's can put you miles away from being financially independent.
Money is a tool. If you learn to use it wisely, you can live the life you want. The bad financial habits that you formed in your 20's can be hard to get rid of in your 30's. Add to that additional responsibility and you can easily feel the burden. Here are a few of those common money mistakes -
Not tracking your money - The most important money management step is knowing where exactly your money has gone. Unfortunately, many fail to track their expenses citing a number of excuses. Tracking expenses increases awareness of your spending habits and allows you to make better choices with your money.
Not having financial goals - Short and long-term financial plans are important to provide financial direction and establish a timeline to achieve financial independence. Without a financial goal in mind, you have nothing to aim for and simply wander around.
Not saving for retirement - Many never think about retirement in their 30's thinking there is still a long time to go. But they often forget that time is money. Harness the power of compound interest, where small amounts can grow larger over time and start saving for retirement early.
Buying a house you can't afford - An expensive home brings with it many other expenses such as homeowners insurance, utilities, furniture, and other equipment. If you cannot afford the rent/mortgage, you are only drowning yourself in debt.
Piling credit card debts - Using plastic to pay for things that your income cannot cover will rack up credit card debts that can take years to pay off. Separate your wants from your needs and avoid using credit cards or use them wisely.
Not investing enough - The secret to being financially independent involves investing as well. Not investing enough or not investing at all will never help you in truly building wealth. Diversify your portfolio and take risks when you still have time on your side.
Not having insurance - Protect your assets and your family with insurance during times of sickness, house-fires, natural disasters, or even unexpected deaths. With more responsibilities in your 30's, you need to account for these emergencies.
Not creating a college funding plan - Kids really do grow up fast, and soon enough they will be entering colleges. College is expensive and you do not want your children to rely on crippling student loan debt. Stats have shown that students take many years after their graduation to pay off their student loans.
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