Personal Finance Priorities

A Personal Finance Community to Learn From

Some people say that the quality of your life is determined by the people that you spend the most time with.  If you surround yourself with people that have the qualities, skills, and lifestyle that you want, there's a good chance that you will be able to learn some of their skills, strategies, and mindsets that made them what they are.

Whenever you seek advice, it is best to seek advice from people who are where you want to be. You probably shouldn't take investing advice from a homeless person, nor should you take health advice from somebody who is overweight.

Allow me to introduce you to Reddit. Reddit.com is a social news aggregation and discussion website. To put it in simple terms, users submit things (articles, pictures, videos, and whatever other material they find online), other users give these things a thumbs up or thumbs down, and the discuss the material.  Reddit is divided into themed areas called "subreddits".  There are subreddits for cellphones, working out, jokes, personal finance, jobs, and tons of other topics that can range from interesting to educational to a complete waste of time.

Some site users (called "redditors") are helpful and have relevant professional experience, others have life experience. Either way, Reddit is a great source of horror stories and educational material.  /r/personalfinance is a subreddit that concentrates on...you guessed it...personal finance.  Redditors hang out here to get advice before spending money, get advice about how to get out of bad financial situations, and sometimes even post financial victories, like paying off loans or thanking the community for advice they received in the past.

Reddit's interface can take some getting used to and the posts that are found on /r/personalfinance may not always be relevant to you, but it's a good way to see what kinds of situations others run into.

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