Top 15 Blog Challenge: Robin Paul

Editors note: We asked each of our Top 15 to tell us a story about a money-related blunder that they've made.

Where did my money go?

We all have made financial mistakes before in life. Whether it was buying a new car and not knowing about the extra fees of loans, gas and insurance; or even letting groceries go to waste by not eating them. Unfortunately, we are all human and no one is perfect, not even Superman. People make financial mistakes without even knowing they did. By taking extra-long showers you’re using more water than needed and running up the water bill.

My biggest money-related blunder was giving in to dressing to impress. In high school I was into top brands like Aeropostale, Hollister and Forever 21. These brans can be very expensive. Not only did my clothes have to be top of the line my shoes had to be too. I went shoe shopping almost every week for brands like Ed Hardy, Nike, and Coach. If that is not bad enough, I also felt like I had to be an original. Therefore, if I noticed someone with my same clothes or shoes on I never wore it again. I might as well had money waster stamped on my forehead, because that is what I was. However, as I started shopping more responsible I realized that buying clothes and shoes in clearance and bargain brands are much more original and affordable than the latest hoodie from Hollister, everyone is wearing.

We all make mistakes in life and it’s our responsibility to fix them. Some may be harder to fix then others. Yet, with a positive attitude and the feeling of having extra cash we all can avoid financial slip-ups.