10 Debt Lessons You Can Learn from Football Players
The NFL and IOU
My years in the NFL taught me almost as much about staying out of debt as my subsequent career as president of Debt.com. So let’s kick off 10 Debt Lessons You Can Learn from Football Players.
Money will get you out of debt, but it won’t keep you out of debt. I saw that up close for years.
Brains Beat Bucks
You can’t save money for a new car or a new home, or a new family if you don’t know what life is costing you now.
Budgeting is Your Game Plan
There are secure online tools that do the boring math for you. Mint is free, while YNAB (You Need A Budget) charges $84 a year but offers more personalization.
Shorten the Field with Technology
An emergency fund isn’t just peace of mind. It can save you money because when disaster strikes and you’re not prepared, you often run up your high-interest credit cards
Prepare for the Trick Plays of Life
If you really want to run up the lead on your emergency fund, ask your boss or your Human Resources Department if they’ll help you.
Recruit a New Teammate
All you need to do is stop making late payments on your debts. Late fees and overdraft fees cost Americans an average of $577 a year.
Automate Your Money
What most people don’t know is that your credit score is based on your credit reports. These are detailed records of everything you’ve borrowed and paid back (or haven’t paid back).
Check Your Credit Reports
Every NFL player thinks about retirement. Even if you’re a rookie all-star, you know you’re one injury away from a life without football. So everyone needs to think about how to save for retirement.
Plan for Retirement
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