As a teenager, I looked forward to growing up and leaving home so I could eat all the junk food I wanted.
But now that I’ve done that, my perspective has changed. I avoid junk food at all costs.
I’ve matured a lot when it comes to money, too.
As a kid I dedicated every weekend to blowing through every dollar in my purse. Oh how I wish I could share everything I’ve learned – often the hard way — with my teenage self.
If I could go back in time, the first thing I would tell myself is to start saving earlier.
All those impressive waitressing tips are now long gone, but if I could communicate with then-Alissa, I would tell her to set them aside, to even consider investing some of that cash.
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