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Overspending is Too Common

Jul 8, 2008
People write out checks to purchase things when they know full well that they do not have the necessary funds in their account much more often than most would care to admit. Although common, this bad habit can lead to poor financial management and debt later on down the line.

Accepting a job means you will either receive a salary or be paid for work hourly. Either way, the exact amount of your paycheck can be affected because of raises, bonuses, or varying the number or hours you work each week, but most people are paid the same amount on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many people spend more than they earn on a regular basis.

Many such individuals are tricked by "buy now, pay later" offers. When people looking to buy something will not have to pay anything for two years, they are often blind to the dangers inherent in such financial arrangements. Furniture stores offering such deals often get people who only wanted to buy a bed to leave the store purchasing complete bedroom sets instead.

Keep in mind, though, that if you could not afford to buy the bed you wanted to look for, buying even more expensive bedroom furniture really does not make a lot of sense. Not having to pay for two years is no guarantee that you will have the money you need to pay for your furniture then either.

Credit cards can trick inexperienced card holders as well. Some people think that, although they don't have the money they need to make a certain purchase at the moment, they will have it by the time their monthly credit card statement arrives. Without planning such expenses into the budget, however, it will be very difficult to come up with the money at the end of the month. This could lead to leaving a running balance on your credit card that will incur interest rates until it is paid off.

If you don't learn how to be responsible with your money, your money situation will only get worse until it finally reaches some point where drastic measures like credit counseling or bankruptcy must be taken. There are many resources of help for people who are stuck in deep, financially destructive debt. Sadly, not nearly enough people avail themselves of such tremendously beneficial assistance.

Carrying a certain amount of debt has become a status symbol. Everyone else has debt so why shouldn't I? People are not pressed to get rid of their debt. As long as they can pay minimum balances it doesn't seem to matter that it will take five years and several hundred more dollars to pay off a credit card.

Overspending will be a problem as long as there are available sources of credit. Future consumers can be affected by today's buying habits, since they are learning from this generation's actions. It is important to think about just what it is that they are being taught.
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