Warren Buffett's Advice to Young People Seeking Financial Independence

Warren Buffett has some advice for young people, like college students, who want to remain financially independent. It's not new and its not a surprise, but it is solid counsel on avoiding a very common money pitfall, and worth repeating:

"The biggest suggestion I have is to avoid credit cards. Interest rates are very high on credit cards. Sometimes they are 18 percent. Sometimes they are 20 percent. If I borrowed money at 18 or 20 percent, I’d be broke.... So if I had one piece of advice for young people generally it would be to just avoid credit cards."


That quote comes from a news release about Buffett's visit this week to a Dairy Queen in Omaha to promote a July-only special: Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookie Blizzard Treat. Dairy Queen is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.

It was during this event that Buffett told the Associated Press he was amazed that a Chinese fund manager agreed to pay $2.1 million to have lunch with him. "It kind of blew me away," said Buffett. Last year's winner paid about $650 thousand. But, says Buffett, the extra dollars won't necessary translate into a longer lunch, which usually clocks in at three hours in any case.

Every year, a chance to share lunch with Buffett is auctioned off to raise money for San Francisco's Glide Foundation.

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