1. Spending more than you make

An attractive woman with colorful shopping bags who bought too much.
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If you spend more than you earn, you need debt.

The basic math is hard to ignore. If you spend more than you earn, you need debt to cover the difference. Life gets harder and harder as the debts rack up and more of your hard-earned cash goes to interest payments.

There are smart ways to use debt to get ahead, but many of us fall victim to debt problems, especially young people. The keys to financial success are budgeting, saving and investing. Don’t spend more than you earn — save your money.

The only true way to get rich and stay there is saving, investing and spending wisely.

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