"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

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Fixing Your Financial Mistakes When You Were in Your 20s

The period after your graduation and you had your first job when the world opened up like an oyster for you. In your twenties, you had your freedom and a job which can be a potent combination. The problem is that many people tend to lose control of their spending during this time. It doesn’t help that lenders and credit card companies tend to be very generous to new customers.

Unfortunately, the good times have to end. This is when you hit your thirties. This is where you realize that you have minimal assets and have a lot of debt. It is time you try to fix things. But it can be an uphill battle so here are some tips to help.

Zero Out Those Loans

The biggest mistake that people make in their twenties often involves a lot of debt. Your early years with a credit card often have you spending and spending. You might also have taken advantage of all those car and home loans that were being offered to you. A house and a car are nice, but you are stuck with a ton of debt to pay. Now that you’re in your thirties, it is time to start paying it all off.

You should formulate a debt payment plan. List all of your debts and work out a monthly budget that will allow you to pay them all off as quickly as possible. There are some things you can do to hasten this. For example, you can make it faster by selling off assets that you don’t need like a car or other expensive things you bought. This can put a sizable dent in your loan payments so that you can do it much faster. Clear out loans one by one so that you don’t have to worry about accumulating interest.

Build Up Some Savings

Another mistake that young people often make is not to have any savings. They might have a few dollars in the bank and nothing more. If you are leading this hand-to-mouth existence, then you should change that as quickly as possible. Having savings ensures that you have a financial cushion in case anything bad happens.

Saving is pretty simple. Just set aside money that you won’t touch unless it is an emergency expense. The trouble is that many people don’t have the self-control to save. To counter that, you should open dedicated savings accounts. If possible, you should have three savings accounts. One is for emergency expenses. Another is for major purchases like cars and appliances. Finally, one savings account is for your retirement. If that is too much, then you can start with just one. Every payday immediately deducts the amount that you want to save and put it in that separate account. After that, you can do with the remaining money what you want.

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Start Investing

The earlier you invest, the bigger the returns. If you didn’t invest in your 20s, you have a chance to catch up now. Investing sounds difficult, but some products are similar to a savings account. Your best choice would be to put money into mutual funds. This eliminates the need for constant monitoring, but that should only be the beginning. Seriously consider expanding to other investments like stocks and bonds. Once you get enough money, buying property can also be a possibility. The important thing is to start investing.

Sign Up For Insurance

Insurance sounds like a bad idea when you’re young and healthy in your 20s. But as you grow older, it seriously becomes a good idea. It is not just for your health either. Life insurance plans with health benefits and annuities at the end of the term are a great investment. They protect you from a variety of incidents and can provide a sum to your beneficiaries. Look around for an insurance agent that would be willing to offer you a good plan that fits your needs.

Get A New Job

Another mistake when you are young is to stay with a job. When you get too comfortable in your job, it becomes a dead-end. If you have not been promoted or experienced a raise, then it is time to move on. After your 20s, you have increased monetary needs, so you need to get a better job

Getting your finances back on track is a full-time job. But with dedicated effort and some luck, you can correct your old financial mistakes. You will have money in the bank and zero debts in no time. The sooner you begin, the quicker it will happen.

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