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8 signs you're flirting with financial ruin

Covering expenses with retirement savings
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Covering expenses with retirement savings

Borrowing or withdrawing retirement funds from your 401(k) is a common thread in many of the cases of financial distress that Boucher has seen as a financial adviser.

Boucher says, "401(k) loans are usually a bad idea under any circumstances, but when you have more than one, that's a sign that you're not managing your cash flow very well."

Regularly pillaging your retirement savings isn't just a warning sign you're living outside your means, it could have serious consequences for your retirement. It lessens the beneficial effects of compounding that help retirement funds grow.

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