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4 money mistakes millennials are making

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You’re trying to stretch your money between paying off a huge uni debt, saving for your first home and still having some form of social life – all at the same time.

Sound familiar?

If you were born between 1980 and 2000, you probably know this struggle all too well.

We’ve all heard the advice to millennials telling us the secret to improving our finances is to avoid smashed avo on toast, but if that doesn’t quite resonate with you, here are some money mistakes that just might.

1. Unnecessary debt

Millennials can sometimes fall into the trap of obtaining more and more. We’re treated to a lifestyle of fast fashion, speedy tech advancements, and more entertainment options than the generations before us. These luxuries can make it tempting to acquire more ‘stuff’ than we really need, particularly when it’s so easy to get a loan or a credit card from a lender. Keep debt in check by making repayments on time each month, with a goal to eventually get rid of your credit cards altogether. Is that new item worth getting yourself into the red for? Will you want it as much as you do right now, next week?

Sometimes, millennials can forget that we’re not invincible - a problem when it comes to dealing with an accident that might leave you off work for a period of time

2. Spending, not saving

Living pay check to pay check isn’t a smart plan if you have dreams and goals - after all, money will probably be a component in helping you to achieve them! Setting up an ongoing direct debit to a high-interest savings account will make future you pretty proud. Once you’re used to saving that amount each week, you likely won’t miss it. If you can just ‘save for a rainy day’ then great, but as an added incentive, set clear goals for the short, mid and long term, that will reinforce the mindset to save. MoneySmart has some great tools to help you reach that savings goal.

3. Late payment fees

You know the ones that pop up on your bill each month that you swear you won’t let happen again? Paying your bills late is a sure-fire way to fork out more than you need to – and late fees are about the most boring way you can spend your hard earned dollars (closely followed by parking fines). Direct debits can take the manual process out of dealing with these, plus it gives you one less thing to think about.

4. Not planning for the future

Sometimes, millennials can forget that we’re not invincible. This can be a problem when it comes to dealing with unexpected events or accidents that might leave you off work for a period of time. That’s where a life insurance policy can help.

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