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Co-buying property

Ramsey despises the prospect of buying property with anyone besides a spouse. He advises against this even in long-term relationships.

“If you’re shacking up, don’t buy a house with your roommate,” he said. “That’s dumb.”

This advice is rooted in the fact that separating assets between an unmarried couple can be complicated. They do not always share the same property rights as married couples. In some states, however, living together could qualify couples for “common-law marriage” and grant them similar rights.

The housing crisis has pushed more people to consider co-ownership of property. A report by Co-Buy, a platform that helps multiple buyers share a property, says 26.7% of home purchases in 2023 were co-purchases, while 30% of these co-purchases were completed by unmarried couples.

Perhaps surprisingly, 59% of co-purchases were made between friends, according to Co-Buy. These strategic moves might be financially risky, but they’re also a response to a stubborn housing crisis across the nation.

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Upgrading cars

Ramsey says a totaled car is not a reason to upgrade.

“You were driving a $6,000 car,” he said. “Your car gets totaled, you get a check for $6,000 and, suddenly, $6,000 cars aren’t good enough for you. That’s dumb!”

However, the high cost of vehicles could make this financial error difficult to avoid. The average cost of a new car in January was around $47,400, according to Kelley Blue Book, while the average used-car listing price was around $25,300.

Put simply, you'd have to dig deep to find a replacement vehicle at Ramsey's estimated price. If your car gets totaled nowadays, you likely have had little chance of buying one that's cheaper than the depreciated value of your existing vehicle.

Overspending on education

Investing in your education, Ramsey believes, should yield higher earnings. Otherwise it’s a wasted pursuit.

"Don't spend $250,000 getting a master's degree in sociology so you can be a caseworker for the state making $38,000," he said.

He believes students should realistically consider their career prospects and future earnings before going into debt for college.

Indeed, Americans are collectively sitting on $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. According to the Education Data Initiative, it takes individuals about 20 years to pay off their student loans, while some grads may take 45-plus years to do so.

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Vishesh Raisinghani

Vishesh Raisinghani

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Vishesh Raisinghani is a freelance contributor at MoneyWise. He has been writing about financial markets and economics since 2014 - having covered family offices, private equity, real estate, cryptocurrencies, and tech stocks over that period. His work has appeared in Seeking Alpha, Motley Fool Canada, Motley Fool UK, Mergers & Acquisitions, National Post, Financial Post, and Yahoo Canada.

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