Be Your Own Prince Charming

At age 27, I made a serious financial mistake: I blew my $5,000 retirement nest egg on a trip to Nepal. I figured I had plenty of time to save, I'd get married someday, and my husband (a.k.a. Prince Charming) would take care of me financially. Well, I've wised up since then. I cringe when I think that had I kept the $5,000 invested, it would now be worth some $20,000--and might well be $300,000 by the time I reach retirement age.

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