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10 Things I Regret

May 20th, 2008 at 11:58 am

Whaaa??? No one has entered yet? I'll take a stab.

1. I regret wasting way too much time in school, and not earning the degrees I was going for. I could have been in the job market so much sooner -- and not wasting money in tuition and books.

2. I regret not buying a house when I was young and had the opportunity to pay so little before real estate skyrocketed.

3. I regret not starting retirement savings until I was 38.

4. I regret spending so much on clothes when I was young. I didn't even consider secondhand clothing in those years -- and I had way too much. I especially regret a certain $200 red coat that I didn't wear much because it was too tight and too dressy.

5. I regret ever getting on the credit card merry-go-round. Nuff said.

6. I regret staying in jobs I didn't like, that didn't pay, that offered no upward mobility. Why was I so afraid?

7. I regret buying a house with only 10% down. I was afraid I would never have a house and sprang for a builder's deal.

8. I regret using money from my 403b for said down payment.

8. I regret all the "feel-good" spending I did after my divorce. It didn't really make me feel good, and I should have been building a foundation for my future.

9. I regret not getting interested in finances until my back was against the wall.

10. I regret not making saving a priority all my life.

I have heard others say, "I have no regrets." I say, I've had plenty. And boy, would I like to do some things over.

But I don't regret the relationships I have had, even failed ones, and I am very mindful that now I am in a good place in my life, and very grateful.

7 Responses to “10 Things I Regret”

  1. sagegirl Says:

    Funny, we are different ages but have a lot of the same regrets. I, too, NEVER say I have no regrets because it would be untruthful. But, every decision I made, even the rotten ones, got me where I am today and I am pretty darn happy! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    You seem too smart to have made any mistakes!

  3. Carolina Bound Says:

    Omigosh, thank you Joan, but my life has been full of mistakes!

  4. orchid Says:

    Great post!

  5. Caoineag Says:

    Just a note, I think you forgot to stick this in the category, 10 things I regret, it claims to be uncategorized so no one can vote for you.

  6. Carolina Bound Says:

    Thanks, Caoineag. I didn't realize! It's there now.

  7. CoreAssets Says:

    Great post. Very refreshing, open and honest. Rare these days.

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