In May, 2007, I wrote Is There Anything Really New in Personal Finance? with the answer that most personal finance principles are simple and timeless.
- Spend less than one earns. Live below one's means. Buy only what one needs.
- Save, invest and benefit from the magic of compounding.
- Use debt sparingly and for items that may appreciate (e.g. home and education) and not for everyday expenses.
- Go to college and major in a degree that leads to a higher paying profession.
- If it sounds too good to be true, then it is.
- Know your values.
- Set goals.
- Start saving young.
- Live below your means.
- Delay spending on luxuries.
- Buy used, especially cars.
- Don't try to keep up with others.
- Be satisfied.
One final thought, saving enough to be wealthy is possible for most if one starts young. Following the principles outlined above will help provide the discipline needed to stay on course.
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This is not financial advice. Please consult a professional advisor.
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