I stated on many forums that I got a sound education on finance from my dad. Quietly strangely I learned investing first before learning how to manage personal finances. This seems quiet reasonable to me and I can’t thank my father enough for taking this route. I learned all the benefits of investing, how money grows, why banks pay interest to depositors.
It was a natural question for me to ask, “how the money for investing come then?”. My dad explained that my monthly salary or business income would be the only money I will have. He taught me how I can save money from my paycheck to fuel the investment. The more I save the more investment I can make. During my childhood (almost 25 years back) the concept of credit card was not there in India, where I grew up.
When I joined the workforce in the year 2000, Indian economy was growing at a rapid pace, multinational corporations were setting shops there and within my first month of employment, I was offered a credit card. Fortunately my credit limit was too low to incur any debt, but, soon I realized that credit cards are too dangerous for people who don’t know how to use them and at the same time, too good for people who can use it for their advantage.