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Financial Literacy Appreciation for Depreciation and Time Value of Money

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In today’s society, instant gratification and the desire to buy everything brand-new seems to be a typical behavior among most consumers. However, many consumers may decide to reevaluate their spending habits and proposed purchases if they better understood how quickly the book value of various items depreciated. Cars (vehicles), jewelry, books (especially text books), electronics, cds, dvds, power tools, and furniture all represent commodities with book values that depreciate at an exponentially fast rate. All of the aforementioned items could be bought at full price, but buying a used item could save consumers a considerable amount of money as well as still allow them to benefit from the useable life of the item. Ideally, enhancing financial literacy regarding depreciation would help individuals to reduce personal debt by reinforcing the disproportion between the quality of an item and what it cost. Nevertheless, having a working understanding of the various depreciation methods would definitely assist consumers to make conscious decisions when making purchases.

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