10 Money Habits That Will Keep You Poor Forever

Gabriella H.
6 min readNov 11, 2023

“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” — Benjamin Franklin

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Absolutely no one aspires for a life of poverty. I mean, who wouldn’t want to sprinkle some avocado on their toast without doing the math on the extra charge, right?

If you want to change your current financial situation, keep reading. We’re about to uncover if you’re unknowingly guilty of any (or maybe all) of these habits. Spoiler alert: we’ve got the power to turn things around

1. Impulsive buying

Alright, let’s level here. We’ve all had that moment at the mall, stumbling upon something we didn’t know we needed but suddenly couldn’t live without. It’s like a love affair with a shiny new thing, and, I admit, it feels good. But let’s not kid ourselves; it’s a quick fix.

Sure, we’ve all justified an impulse buy with the classic “I deserve it” mantra. No judgment — I’ve been there too. However, when this turns into a habit, especially one that drags you into debt, it’s time to hit the brakes.

Break free from that impulsive buying cycle and pave the way for a more financially savvy future. Trust me; your wallet will thank you.

2. Keeping Up With the Joneses

Brad’s flashing his new smartphone, and Pat’s cruising in a shiny ride, leaving you behind in your trusty Toyota and with a caveman’s phone.

It’s a scene we’ve all played witness to — the pressure to keep up with the Joneses.

Here’s the deal: buying stuff just to fit into someone else’s mold is a one-way ticket to nowhere. You’re not in a race with Brad or Pat. Your spending habits should be about what makes sense for you, not some misguided need to impress or keep up.

Don’t let peer pressure steer your ship. Who cares what they think? Your wallet deserves better, and so do you. It’s time to start living life on your terms, not theirs.

3. Being a Slave of Instant Gratification

You’ve just got paid — bills are eyeing you from one side, and there’s that tempting something you glimpsed at…

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Gabriella H.

I’m always curious, always looking for something new to learn, using life as a learning canvas.