Gen Xers, Want To Take Care of Your Finances? Be Selfish

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It's not easy to put yourself first.  In so many ways, we're programmed to help others first.

But, when it comes to financial decisions, thinking of yourself first is exactly what you should do. And that applies especially to Gen Xers, or people who were born in between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s.

Jill Schlesinger, a former financial planner and the author of "The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money," points out some ways Gen Xers can overcome common financial mistakes.

Watch the video above.

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