Can we change our financial habits if our backs aren't against the wall?

By Get Rich Slowly

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5 2014 10:00 a.m. MST

If you grew up with parents on welfare, wouldn’t it be understandable to expect that’s the way life is as an adult? Only until I came to America for high school did I realize everybody doesn’t travel around every two to four years attending international schools. It was hard for me to adjust in the beginning because my classmates grew up with the same friends since elementary school.

You can’t blame people for making sub-optimal financial choices in general because everything is rational. We do things that make us happy and stop doing things that inflict pain. There is a self-correcting mechanism in personal finance, therefore, we shouldn’t worry about other people. Pushing our way onto others is a sure path to ruining a relationship.

- Sam the Financial Samurai

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