Best Of 2010: 30 Bad Financial Habits To Drop By 30

A reflection on the best LearnVest pieces of 2010 wouldn’t be complete without one special article on the 30 bad financial habits to break by age 30. This LV Daily was the #1 most popular piece on our blog for the entire year, showing us that our readers care about financial resolutions throughout the entire year.

We asked readers and experts to weigh in on the bad habits they suggest breaking, and their answers were funny, heartening, and real.

Tell us: Why do you think this Daily was so popular, and what other topics would you like to see us cover in the future?

From assuming others know best to indulging in retail therapy, we bring you 30 bad financial habits to break by 30.

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  • Boots1807

    I think this Daily was so popular because it gives us a measuring stick — something to compare ourselves to. For instance, I know that I have a long way to go… but 8 years to get there!

  • !!!

    Any way to view this as a list? Slideshows are pretty annoying to read through.

  • Woodwigs25

    Yes, the slide show is time consuming to roll through. The list , how ever is great. Even tho I fit the AARP lists now !

  • concerned

    does LearnVest care about user experience on this site? ENOUGH WITH THE SLIDE SHOWS!

  • pp

    Very good slide show. At the age of 33, there are still a few things that I should know by now…don’t be afraid to begin investing. I plan to really utilize your tips & tools in the 2011 year! Thank you for great articles that encourage women to think and reevaluate their financial planning. Have a great year and keep up the “money for thought” articles.

  • Anon

    Coupons exist for a reason: to get you to buy a product. Very rarely do I see any healthy food (oh, let’s say anything unprocessed: vegetables, fruit, meats, etc.) on coupons. It’s always overprocessed junk. Better to shop around and find a store that offers lower prices (Trader Joe’s, for example) and eat healthily than eat cheap junk food. Rethink the message behind this.

    • couponlover

      I believe they were referencing all kinds of coupons not just grocery story ones. For instance, if I need to pick something up for the house or clothes for work or a gift for someone, I ALWAYS look to see if there is a coupon available and fortunately there usually is one. There is nothing cool about paying full price when you don’t have to – even when you have the means to do so.

    • I get coupons sent via email from my grocery stores (Wegmans) that offer discounts on produce. You just need to know where to look

  • This is my favorite daily of the year!

  • KatClaws21

    I pat myself on the back! I’m only in my twenties and I’ve broken a lot of habits before reaching thirty.

  • Sheila

    The only one I’d disagree with is AAA. I know they offer a lot of discounts to various places, but I don’t travel enough or shop those places to justify it. As far as the vehicle benefits, go through your local phone book and add a few towing companies to your cell phone. My new car actually came with a roadside assistance plan anyway and my insurance company also has one for less than $10 a year so I consider that a better option. nnThe one time I did need roadside assistance was when my car broke down on a highway in Kansas. I was able to get a hold of a friend in Michigan who got online and called a towing company for me. Faster than any other company would have been.

    • Mcpierogipazza

      And I don’t like giving money to AAA because they have long lobbied against important environmental legislation and regulations. Better World Club sounds much better.

  • I wish I even had the option to put my rent on a credit card, but its probably for the best they don’t do it at my complex!

  • This was JUST what I needed to read, 8 years until I am 30. I think I am on the right track…

  • sally

    It’s best to pay rent on the same account where your payroll is deposited ;)

  • Drogersnj

    If you normally pay your bills on time and one has somehow gotten away from you, call the creditor or bank and request the late fees be removed from your account, based on your good payment history. If the 1st customer service rep. protests, let them know you appreciate their help and that they might not have the authority to make such a call — and then ask to speak to a supervisor. More times than not, I’ve had a late charge completely reversed; from late fees on credit cards to bank charges for bounced checks. Try it – all they can say is no, right?