The way people hand out financial advice, it’s like everyone’s an expert. And to add to your confusion, they contradict each other most of the time. If you don’t know what to heed from all the financial advice you are bombarded with, left and right, don’t panic. Here are four financial tips you’re better off ignoring:
1. Avoid using credit cards.
Credit cards are helpful when you use them wisely. They make it possible for you to pay for items you don’t have the money for yet, such as dental work or that plane ticket to Europe. As long as you make sure to pay your credit card bill on time and in full, you should be fine. Plus, you can get more bang from your buck by taking advantage of credit card rewards programs and deals.
2. Don’t ever get into debt.
Debts are not bad. It’s how you use them that’s crucial. If you’re incurring debt just to get that new gadget, don’t. Never incur debt if you won’t get your money back with interest. There are, however, certain types of debt that will help you achieve your goals. A perfect example of that is a business loan, which will help you earn more. No matter what type of debt you have, you must never borrow more than what you can afford to pay back on time.
3. You don’t need life insurance.
People think that life insurance is not a necessity if you are young or single. Since you will purchase one in the future anyway, why not buy one while you’re still young? Monthly payments are low when you’re young and you still have time to grow your money. There are insurance plans that combine investment and protection. And the longer you’re protected, the more time your money can earn interest.
4. Owning a home is always a sound investment.
If you don’t want the responsibility of maintaining a house, then there’s nothing wrong with renting. Many people believe that owning property can save you more money. However, it may become even more expensive in the long run. The upkeep, for example, can be very expensive. Remember, too, that not all “houses” appreciate. Some condo units, for instance, depreciate as time passes. Though purchasing a house has its benefits, it’s still not the right choice for everyone.
Insurance doesn’t have to be depressing. Look at it as an investment. It can give you the freedom to live life fully without having to worry about suddenly falling ill while traveling or leaving your family in the cold should anything happen to you.