In life, there are choices that make us poorer and choices that make us richer.
Poor Choice: Not pay attention in class.
Rich Choice: Get all we can out of our education.
Poor Choice: Do just enough at work.
Rich Choice: Figure out how to delight customers and go the extra mile to do so.
Poor Choice: Spend all of free time on entertainment.
Rich Choice: Use some free time on self-improvement, such as reading books on skills and useful knowledge.
Poor Choice: Letting things come as they will during our careers.
Rich Choice: Planning our careers and doing what is needed to execute the plan.
Poor Choice: Spending our entire salary each month.
Rich Choice: Putting away 15% into retirement, funding things like college accounts, and then saving another $300-500 per month to put into investments.
Poor Choice: Buying the biggest house we can afford the payments on.
Rich Choice: Buying a home that meets our needs with a payment of no more than 25% of our take-home pay.
Poor Choice: Buying new cars and losing $4000 per year on depreciation per vehicle.
Rich Choice: Buying four-year old cars and losing $500 per year on depreciation per vehicle, and investing the difference.
Poor Choice: Going to school on student loans, especially using student loans for living expenses.
Rich Choice: Saving up for college, and then going to a college you can afford without loans.
Poor Choice: Eating out most meals.
Rich Choice: Cooking at home, using crockpots and making a lot of meals at once to save time.
Poor Choice: Keeping credit cards for emergencies.
Rich Choice: Keeping cash for emergencies.
Poor Choice: Listening to poor friends for financial advice.
Rich Choice: Listening to rich friends for financial advice.
Poor Choice: Buying things with credit cards.
Rich Choice: Buying things mainly with cash, but using debit cards when needed for convinience.
What rich and poor choices have you made?
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