51 Finance Tips for New Graduates

Posted by Madison on May 17, 2012

Do you have a graduate in the family? Or are you graduating this month? After years of studying it is such a great accomplishment, but it’s also a turning point in life that can impact the rest of your financial life. If you have a new graduate in your life, do them a favor and share just one financial tip with them… the most important one to you.

Over the years we’ve compiled so many tips for new grads (51+ as of last count), that I wanted to share them all again! Here’s a roadmap of all the financial tips for new graduates.

source: jessiejacobson

Finance Tips for New Graduates

  • 6 Mistakes of New Earners and How to Fix Them: Earning your first “real” paycheck is an exciting time, but only if you handle it well. The younger you are when you start managing your money well, the better positioned you will be later in life. Take these and other money tips into consideration and you’ll be sitting pretty.
  • 10 Financial Tips for New Grads: Many older adults look back and say the number one thing they wish they would have done differently was learned about money management while they were young. Here’s your chance to jump start your finances!
  • 29 Money-Smart Tips for New Grads: Readers share their financial tips for new graduates, including stay out of credit card debt, start saving for retirement now, live frugally and plenty more great tips.
  • Keep Your Eye on the Graduation Prize: Advice for celebrating in style…without breaking the bank! If you’re graduating…congratulations! If you know someone who is, give them a gift ahead of time by sharing this with them!
  • 6 Job Search Tips for New College Grads: As graduation nears, here are some things to consider to make your search a success.
  • Student Loans: Repayment Options: After graduation, you typically have a 6 month grace period before loan payments are due. Check out the differing options and which repayment might be best for your own situation.
  • Secret Costs of Moving Out on Your Own: Perhaps you are graduating college this spring and will be moving out on your own for the first time, or are moving out alone for the first time in a long time. Here are common costs besides food, entertainment, and clothing that you will run across so that you can properly prepare.

Do you have new graduates in your life? What is the most important graduation message you plan to share with them?

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Comments to 51 Finance Tips for New Graduates

  1. I don’t know of anyone close to me graduating from college but one thing that I’m glad I did when I got my first job was to put away the maximum contribution in my 401(k). I think it was thanks to the advice of a co-worker and I’m glad I followed it!


    • Linda,
      Great advice. Maxing out the retirement plan before you even adjust to the new money is a great tip (also one I’m glad I did too!)


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