I am myself not so sure whether I have done such a post. However being a consultant, a sales person and a trainer is really an unfair advantage for being a blogger / author.

I normally deal with people in the wealth category – people wanting to invest. When somebody wants to borrow, I am not of much use. I have really no clue on where to look for good deals, what to ask, how to negotiate etc.

OK, ok do not get me wrong. I know the theory, but I have NEVER done that. I am more like a male gynaec !

These money mistakes that I saw are so so so straight forward and simple that I am surprised that people do not know THIS.

1. Spend MORE than what you earn: When people buy using a credit card, and repaying when they earn a salary, they have NO CLUE about the overspending that they are doing! Stunning? I was stunned too. Here is a simple solution: write down your expenses that you incur in cash. Then at the end of the month, tabulate the expenses. Is it more than your take home pay?

Do it over a period of 1 month, 2 months and 3 months.

See how it looks. Do you need money from your parents or spouse (once in a while) to settle your cc dues? Terrible situation, you need to be in a Financial ICU.

2. Shopping excites you? For a person completely brought up on investing and enjoying the process of investing, I am stunned by the number of people who enjoy shopping! It is so true among boys, girls, men and women. No gender or age bias. If you are in this category, take control of yourself. Find a game to play or a park to walk. Even better find a jogging park and run in the mornings and evenings. Enjoying shopping to me is like an oxymoron. It takes me 4 minutes to buy a white shirt and 3 minutes to buy a black pant.

3. Your credit card debt is being rolled over every month: this is the aids / cancer of personal finance. You are now sliding on the edge of a blade. It cannot be a pleasant experience, can it be? With interest rates of 3.5% p.m – this translates to much MORE than 50% per annum!! No way will you be able to settle this debt without a big infusion of money by SOMEBODY. You your spouse or your parents.

I can assure you one thing. If you see these 3 symptoms in ANYBODY, you can be sure that this person WILL NEVER GET RICH, unless he/ she changes attitude towards wealth creation. The start is to be made by dramatically reducing expenses and finding that proverbial Rs. 1000 every month to do a SIP…all the best.

Happy Dhan Teras and Happy diwali….and happy new year if you are celebrating it now…

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  1. I know of a guy who is very well ‘educated’, earning atleast 35K P.M and have taken a personal loan to repay credit card dues!

  2. Happy Diwali sir

    remember the day when I bought 4 shirt in 15 min, left all the ladies for their stuff, went for a 3 hour Indian movie with my brother and came back and still finding the ladies exploring the cupboards to finalize the color of the 4th sari… 🙂

    Have a great year ahead for all.

  3. Sreekanth Yelicherla

    Rajan: That guy has done a good thing. Personal loan interest is much lesser than credit card. Assuming if he has delayed, then there is a high probability that he would have not got the personal loan also due to mounted debt and lower credit score. How he leads once he settles the credit card due is important though 🙂

  4. I have met people who get heavenly pleasure in doing wild shopping. Wonder what they feel when they see their bank statement. Of course, did not have the guts to ask them.

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