11 Ways To Avoid Costly Procrastination

Procrastination is the enemy of good financial planning. For those who procrastinate, tomorrow is always a better day to start to making better financial decisions about saving and investing.

Procrastinators voluntarily delay doing something like paying their bills, despite knowing they will be worse off due to the delay.

College students are big procrastinators Procrastination tends to be particularly prevalent among college students. An estimated 25%-75% procrastinate on academic work.

Present Bias Behavioral economics refer to procrastinators as having “present bias” tendencies. They frequently overweight today with instant gratification and underweight resulting pain and losses  in the future.

Procrastination can be costly but here are 11 tips to help you fix some of these bad financial habits:

#1 Pay your credit card monthly balance in full. balances Making late payments on our credit cards result in late fees and potentially the penalty interest rate.

#2 Avoid paying all your bills late.  You should use as many automated paying options as possible to pay your rent, your student loans, your credit cards, your mortgage, utilities, phone, cable or streaming services.

#3 Pay your income taxes on time. Filing your taxes late means you may have to have to  pay the IRS more. The penalty for filing late is normally 5 percent of the unpaid taxes for each month or part of a month that a tax return is late.

#4 Keep some cash as a cushion to avoid bouncing checks. Overdraft fees are charged by most banks when you don’t pay attention to your bank account balances.

#5 Be proactive about participation in your workplace retirement plan. Delaying your participation in an employee-sponsored 401K retirement plan often results from decision inertia if there are too many choices to make..

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