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Financial Mistakes to Never Make as a Recent Graduate

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:14
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Financial Mistakes To Never Make As A Recent Graduate

Are you a recent college graduate? Are you turning more of your attention to your finances? Are you concerned about making mistakes in the weeks, months, and years to come?

Although your life is sure to change in many ways, you should never lose sight of your finances. Any mistake, even a small one, can have a big impact on your life for many years to come.

Let’s examine five financial mistakes that you should do your best to avoid as a recent graduate:

1. Neglecting to Create a Budget

This is one of those things that you absolutely need to do. If you neglect to create a budget, you’ll find it difficult to stay on track as the months go by.

Your budget can be as simple or as complex as you wish. As long as you understand the numbers and what they mean, you’ll always have something to keep you on track.

2. Overspending

It’s easy to overspend once your college days are behind you. This is particularly true once you land your first job.

Some people overspend on things like a dream wedding, while others let small expenses add up over the course of the month.

This goes along with having a budget. Having a clear idea of your income and expenses will help you avoid overspending.

3. Taking on Too Much Debt

It’s easy to get into the habit of taking on too much debt after you graduate from college.

You buy a car. You buy a home. You purchase new clothes. While some of these things may be necessary, you don’t want to continually add more debt to your life. At some point, this will begin to drag you down.

This is why it’s so important to have a budget. With this guiding you, it’s easier to know when to stop.

4. Waiting to Get a Job

Although you may feel like you need a break after you graduate from college, it’s usually best to hit the ground running. The longer you wait to get a job the greater chance there is that you will get comfortable with your current situation (especially if you are living at home with your parent’s financial support).

You spend a lot of time and money getting your college degree, so you might as well put it to good use. Waiting to get a job is one of those financial mistakes that entirely too many college graduates make. You’re ready to earn a living, so get after it!

5. Overlooking the Ability to Earn a Second Income

In addition to your regular job, you may be able to earn a second income. This can go a long way in helping you make ends meet or save more money.

For example, more people than ever are launching online stores. Not only can this be a lot of fun, but it’s also a business that you can run from the comfort of your home (in your spare time).

There are many ways to earn a second income, so keep an open mind. There’s nothing wrong with bringing in some extra money.

Fix Your Past Mistakes

While you do your best to avoid future mistakes, you should also look at the past. Have you done anything wrong to this point, such as missing payments that have impacted your credit score?

Any mistake, no matter what it may be, can be fixed. For example, there are many ways to fix credit if you take the right approach. You need to pinpoint your mistakes, implement a strategy, and carry it out.


There are many financial mistakes you should never make as a recent graduate. It can be hard to stay on the right path at all times, but you have what it takes.

The five mistakes above are extremely common. Fortunately, they are easy to avoid if you keep close tabs on everything you do in regards to your finances.

Did you make any financial mistakes when you graduated from college? How did these impact your life in the future? Was there anything you could have done to avoid them? Share your personal knowledge in the comment section below. Your tips may be able to help someone else avoid the same mistakes.

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