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Making Decisions about Money



Making Decisions about Money
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.86

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     challenging words:    debt-free, mutual, long-term, investment, quits, invest, short-term, emergency, dreams, term, rate, counselor, paycheck, convenient, order, individual


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Making Decisions about Money
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     What will you do with your paycheck? Hopefully, you'll take care of your responsibilities first. You'll pay your bills and buy some groceries. What will you do with what's left over? Will you buy something you don't really need right now? Or will you save your money?
 
2     Many people live paycheck to paycheck. They are so far in debt, it will take them years to get out. They have high balances on their credit cards. They can barely pay all of their bills. These people have not made smart money decisions. Don't be one of them!
 
3     If you are smart about money, you can live debt-free. If you make good decisions, you won't ever have to worry about not being able to pay all of your bills. You will be able to take care of yourself, no matter what comes along. How can you do this? It's simple, really.
 
4     First, always use your credit cards wisely. Credit cards are very convenient to use. You don't have to carry around large amounts of money. You don't have to carry your checkbook and keep track of a lot of checks. But beware of that huge credit limit your credit card company gave you. Never charge more with your card than you can pay for in a month. In other words, always pay off your balance every month. If you carry a large balance, you will pay high amounts of interest.
 
5     But what if you need a big item like a new TV or a refrigerator? If you have made good money decisions all along, these things shouldn't be a problem. So how do you get these things without using your credit card? You save for them.

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