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Financial Hindsight From 30-Somethings for 20-Somethings

If you're in your 20s, chances are you don't spend too much time thinking about your finances. Budgeting isn't nearly as exciting as planning your Friday night.But, if you don't start making good financial decisions now, you could be in for a rude awakening in your 30s. Bankrate interviewed three 30-somethings who know all about that rude awakening. Read on to learn how to avoid the same financial mistakes that they made.Melissa, senior investment associate, age 32When Melissa got her first post-college job, she thought she needed a nice new car and new clothes to match her career success.She was able to find the car she wanted and a monthly payment she could afford. The catch was that she had to finance the car for six years instead of five, which added a lot more interest to the loan.As for new clothes, Melissa thought it would be cool to have store credit cards for her favorite stores. The cards gave her discounts on her purchases, so she figured, why not? However, Melissa didn't re...

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