7 Money Mistakes Women Make More Often Than Men

Some of us handle our money flawlessly, perfectly, brilliantly, all of the time.

But most of us don't.

Most of us make mistakes here and there. We make some mistakes more than others, because of our personalities, or our upbringing ... or sometimes even our gender.

It's ridiculous, but true.

We've heard it firsthand—from our readers. In fact, we went through hundreds of reader submissions and found examples of the most common stories that cross our desks every day.

Let's be clear: Not all women make these mistakes. Not all men avoid them. But in our experience, these are a few female financial problem areas that can lead to major debt and lots of stress.

Ever bailed out an ex? Indulged in a little more retail therapy than you meant to? Or woken up one day and realized you didn't know as much as you thought you did about managing your money? You just might recognize yourself.

Of course, if you don't, good for you. We're just saying, bad money snafus happen to good people. But read on: We'll show you the top seven mistakes women make—and what to do instead.

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  • Rachael

    LV, I love you, but this slideshow business is annoying.  I’d rather read a bulleted or numbered list than have to click through a slideshow.  ESPECIALLY on my iPhone.

  • Kati

    I agree – the slideshows are SO annoying. Please, give us a simple list!!

  • I would like to add one. I have a lot of girl friends who are in bad relationships/have recently broken up, yet they are still living together/getting assistance from their boyfriends because they weren’t financially secure before going in, and now they feel trapped by their situations. Why is that? 

  • Hare-brained

    Agreed on the stupid slide shows … I can’t even get a slide show… just the first page.

  • Sevie

    Agree that slide shows are getting annoying. I can deal with one every so often, but every day…too much!

  • The slide show is really getting old.  Time for some new fresh creative ideals.  Hint, Hint.

  • CarrieSloan

    Hi all,
    We hear you on the slide show view! In fact, we’ve just implemented a way for you to see a slide show as a list, as requested.

    We’re experiencing technical difficulties with it at the moment, but expect to have it fixed as soon as tomorrow, and then, forevermore, you can see any slide show in your preferred format. Even on your iPhone!

    • Thank you! Really look forward to being able to save to Instapaper and read on the go.

  • Seriously Annoyed

    I can’t Even see it. Listen, we understand you need to monetize more off your site by making us stay here as long as possible…but these teases really suck. No, I mean seriously really. Slide shows are annoying. You know this, we know this. Don’t punish your loyal readers. Don’t punish your new readers. Stop reading ‘Fifty Shades’ and just tell us what you want to tell us.

    • momo

      Slide shows are HORRID. The content of web pages is relegated to a postage stamp and the other 90% of the page is all ads and distracting garbage. Shows you were the focus is — on making money, not providing quality content. A lot of these dumb slide shows are just plain annoying — I don’t want to have to click 800 times. Also sticking a huge photo there doesn’t make me think I’m getting more content. I DO notice that the actual words total about 300-500 if that. 99% of the time if it’s a slide, I skip and close the tab. I really don’t have time to mess around with clicking constantly and loading up java garbage while bombarded with ads.

  • Gea2006

    Another one (although less common nowadays perhaps):  being financially dependent on your husband, especially after kids.  A good friend of mine swore she never wanted to work and didn’t see the point, until her husband was unfaithful.  Now she’s stuck in the relationship because she has no money of her own and no work experience to speak of, let alone a college degree :-/.

  • momo

    God I’m tired of the women and shoes thing. I have been a woman for a long time (hhahaahah) and have never cared a fig for shoes. I do not get hot and bothered over something you stick on dirty stinky sweaty feet. In fact I don’t even like feet. And I don’t care about shoes. They get me where I need to go without burning on a hot street or freezing in snow. Shoes are utilitarian, that’s all. I have some sneaks and 2 pairs of Docs (one of which I bought in 1997!) Please get over this woman/shoe fetish thing already.