14 Money Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin

Long before the financial gurus with their TV shows and persona finance books to sell were around, Benjamin Franklin was giving down-to-earth, sound money advice to anyone who would listen. The advice was so sound that it’s still relevant and applicable to this day. Here are ten money lessons from Ben Franklin that you would be wise to follow:

“Money Never Made a Man Happy yet, nor Will It. The More a Man Has, the More He Wants”

Money doesn’t provide happiness. It’s a lesson that many people still have a difficult time remembering today. Ben Franklin knew that money was a means to an end, not the end itself. It’s a tool to help you do the things that make


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6 Responses to 14 Money Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

  1. S. B. says:

    These 14 sentences just about say it all when it comes to earning, saving, spending, and borrowing. Great article.

  2. Jay says:

    Thomas Jefferson also had 12 Canons of Conduct, including:

    #3. Never spend your money before you have it.
    #4. Never buy a thing you do not want, because it is cheap, it will be dear to you.
    #5. Take care of your cents: Dollars will take care of themselves.

  3. nanda says:

    Great wisdom. So simple but so easily overlooked by to many.

  4. Minny says:

    ‘A penny saved is a penny earned’ is an old adage and it very true. The easiest money you have is that you earn from your main job.

  5. My top three favorites are:
    “Never Keep Borrowed Money an Hour beyond the Time You Promised”
    “Rather Go to Bed without Dinner than to Rise in Debt”
    “Don’t Give Too Much for the Whistle”

  6. I totally believe this one, “Diligence Is the Mother of Good Luck”, if your hard work enough then except for a good result. Usually the result of a diligent of work would be how many years, but if we are consistent enough with our work then everything will be paid off.

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