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Financial Advice: 5 Tips to Avoid Financial Mistakes

Updated on July 12, 2011

There are many people in this world including you and me who tend to make mistakes throughout their lifetime. Some learn early from their mistakes and avoid doing them and some keep on doing them and keep on having problems.

When it comes to personal finance, a financial advisor can only guide you on how to get out of your financial worries, but it is you who need to take steps to not repeat the mistakes in the future and make your life healthy and wealthy. So we can improve our personal finances by making small changes in our habits and our way of thinking. Remember, the most important thing is to learn to organize our personal finances, so that we solve our problems on our own and achieve our financial goals. Below you can find 5 tips to avoid financial mistakes and make your financial life smooth and stable:

Take my advice and avoid financial mistakes - I have thrown all my credit cards.
Take my advice and avoid financial mistakes - I have thrown all my credit cards.

1. Stop shopping with credit cards

Every person who gives advice on personal finance has a different opinion and same is the situation with credit cards. Some people say that using credit cards is good for your financial health as it increases your credit score when you use it in the right way but most people are not able to improve their credit score and rather they lose whatever credit score they have. This happens because of the number one reason and that is when we do shopping, paying by credit cards leads us to spend more money than we have. When we do this again and again for a few months, we accumulate huge credit card debt in the form of credit card dues, late fees due to nonpayment, high interest rates, etc. So the best option is to stop shopping with credit cards and start using debit cards or cash for shopping. I am giving this advice to you personally because I have thrown away 4 gold credit cards after using them for 5 years and I don’t have a single credit card right now. I do my shopping with cash or debit card. Even for doing online transactions, I use international debit card. Using credit cards and not paying on time leads to a worrisome situation with monthly debt which means that even more of your future earnings are intended to pay your debts.

Blowing the Whistle on Credit Card Debt

2. Stop delaying savings for retirement

Many people including me have the idea of a good age to retire, however, what we do to achieve that goal? Do we have already started to save or we are leaving it for later? I think that the more we delay in starting to save for retirement, the more time it will take to meet our desired financial goals.

3. Do not fall prey to make me rich businesses

Currently, it is very common to hear of businesses that will change your life in a blink of an eye. The most popular example of this type of business is multilevel marketing or MLM. Do you know there are several people around the world who have fallen prey to these types of businesses? You need to be very careful with them, as joining them can bring you more financial problems then what you might have right now.

4. Avoid lack of information - be informed

When you go to make a financial decision, make sure you are well informed. Many businesses fail due to the lack of information and analysis before they are started. Always compare, read, listen to criticism, and above all, check references and records of experts and advisors of the same industry, as sometimes you may not be as good as they say.

5. Don’t focus too much on money

If you think too much about making money and saving it, be careful that your perspective on what is really important in your life is not altered. Remember that money is not your priority in life to be happy. Your priority is your health, your family, your friends, your profession.

So above is my financial advice and 5 tips for you. Different people have different opinions and it might be possible that what is right for me is not right for someone else but the most important thing in our personal finances is to avoid the financial mistakes, make improvements in money management, and start heading towards your future financial goals.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much agusfanani for understanding the demerits of extensive use of credit cards.

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      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Sonny, good to see your picture !. I really appreciate your tips and totally agree that we should be away from credit card.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Simone and annmack for your compliments. Major financial decisions must be taken with presence of cool mind as present decisions taken in a hurry without giving a second thought can be dangerous for your financial future.

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      annmackiemiller 6 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      good advice here

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      All great tips - and I especially appreciate your final one. Getting too stressed or plugged in about money will only lead to trouble! Taking an open, informed approach is the best way to go!

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes ocbill, I going to write a few articles on credit cards problems and issues. Thanks for the comment.

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      ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      great advice. I hardly use a credit card only when necessary and then will pay it off soon. This has helped my credit tremendously even with a serious derogatory item that many have.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I have thrown my credit cards since last two years now and I know how independent I have become with my personal finances. Karanda, it is a true fact that people who pull their legs out from their sheets suffer worse financial problems. We should think about spending on our priorities first instead of shopping for luxuries.

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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      It's true, there are not many people who can use credit cards wisely. They can be a great source of financial rewards but at what cost if they are continually building up interest? Nice work.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much friend. Oh, it's time to check yours.

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      travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Good tips Soni