We all make mistakes when it comes to money. But that doesn’t mean I don’t try to learn from them.
Which is why a new survey from Bankrate caught my eye. It asked more than 1,000 Americans a simple question: What’s your biggest financial regret?
The results should serve as a lesson to us all…
Our Biggest Regrets About Money
So, what topped the list?
At 18%, “not saving for retirement early enough.”
As age increases, that number does, too: 27% of respondents over the age of 65 cited this as their biggest mistake.
I’m not surprised, since a record number of retirement-age Americans are working — mostly because they can’t afford to retire.
Gah! When are we going to realize that few things are more important than investing in the future?
The money you spend on that pair of jeans or that round of drinks could grow into a small fortune by the time you retire.
So, learn from these people, and start saving for retirement now.
As for the other responses, here’s the survey in full:
Two other regrets that stood out to me?
1. Not Saving Enough for Emergencies
Just like with saving for retirement, this is hard but essential.
I finally created an emergency fund with Digit, and I feel so much more secure with it in my back pocket.
2. Taking on Too Much Student Loan Debt
First off, if you’re still in high school, make sure college is the right decision for you.
If you do decide to go, choose your college carefully.
Life is too short to live with regrets — but too long to ignore what’s ahead.
Invest in your future self today; I guarantee that’s one thing you’ll never regret.
Your Turn: What’s YOUR biggest financial regret?
Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.