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Mom, I’m not a bad son, I’m just on financial autopilot

Ryland Barton

One Saturday morning this past summer, my veil of financial independence momentarily fell, leaving me ashamed and confused. My mother was unable to finance a new car because she thought I — as her co-signee — hadn’t been making car payments. Since my car payments were left on auto-pilot, I couldn’t immediately dispute her assumption. Turns out, it was fraud, but I have since learned to pay more attention to my finances.

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