Save That Piece of Advice: 19 Tips You Should Never Follow
People love to give advice. It’s just a part of human nature. Your grandmother thinks she knows what’s best for your relationship, your boss has opinions on your stock portfolio, and even the stranger in the produce section has tips on picking out plums. But it’s not a good idea to listen to every piece of advice that comes your way.
Even when its well-intentioned, not all advice is good advice. There are some pieces of homespun wisdom that you should never follow. From relationship tips that will wreck your marriage to money advice that will leave you in the poor house, this advice is almost always bad.
The next time someone rolls one of these helpful hints your way, it’s probably best to simply say “Thank you” and keep it moving right along. If someone has given you a disastrous piece of advice, let us know in the comment section so we can be sure not to follow it either.
“Save 10 Percent For Retirement”
With millennials facing possible social security cutbacks, you’ll need to save almost twice that much, if you can, to be comfortable once your career is over.
“Never Go to Bed Angry”
Fighting when you’re both sleep deprived? That’s a great way to make things worse. Agree to table the argument and catch some Z’s. You might think clearer in the morning.
“We Probably Won’t Get Caught”
We all took this advice from one of our trouble making friends when we were younger. However, we’re all too grown to have the criminal records, legal consequences or expensive tickets that go along with making really bad decisions.
“Women Shouldn’t Travel Alone”
Don’t let this piece of bad advice keep you from exploring. The world is a safer place than you think for travelers.
“Carry Travelers Checks”
Speaking of bad traveling advice, this one hasn’t been good for at least a decade. They’re increasingly hard to cash, easy to lose, and ATMs are more readily available around the world than ever before.
“Do _____ While You’re Young”
It’s 2016 and time to throw imaginary age limits out the window. From having children to traveling the world, women are doing things at all ages — now that many have stopped listening to people who tell them not to.
“We Should Just Drive”
Gas prices are coming down, but they’re not that low. With discount airfare and great deals surfacing here and there, wasting hours on the road (while trying not to nod off) isn’t really worth it–unless you just really like to drive.
Wardrobe Advice From A Sales Clerk
Chances are, she’s just trying to make a sale. You’re better off snapping a photo in the dressing room and sending it to a friend.
“Just Don’t Give Him Any”
Withholding sex as punishment for your partner is just a bad idea. It’s likely to do more damage to your relationship than teach him a good lesson.
Money Advice From Someone Struggling With Money
Isn’t it interesting that they are the most likely to give it?
Marriage Advice From Single People
They may have good intentions, but they don’t always understand where you’re coming from.
“Stay Together For The Kids”
In the long run, they’ll be happier — and learn better relationship habits — from parents who are happy, even if they’re not together.
“Lower Your Standards After A Certain Age”
You should probably stop taking advice from this friend in general. Women who stay single longer tend to make better choices when it comes to men, not worse ones.
“Having A Baby Will Bring You Closer Together”
Most women who followed this advice will tell you that, more often than not, the opposite is true.
“Take An Interest In His Interests”
We should all try to take some semblance of interest in what our partner enjoys, but if you’re faking the funk you can only do it for so long. You could be facing a real rift in your relationship when you realize you’ve only been pretending to have things in common.
“Hire My Cousin, He’s Cheap”
If you don’t want to pay him, the professional you had to hire to fix his work, and the restaurant you have to take your friend to so you can say sorry for how nasty things got during the lawsuit, you’re better off taking only professional recommendations when it comes to repair jobs.
“Feed A Fever, Starve A Cold”
When you’re sick, food and fluids help you get better, not worse. Feed them both and you’ll feel much better.
“Never Return A Baby Bird To Its Nest”
Or the mother will reject him when she smells a human smell — or so the saying goes. Unfortunately for all of the little baby birds that have been left behind, this simply isn’t true.
“Don’t Swim For An Hour After Eating”
Get ready to be upset at all that swim time you missed out on as a kid. As it turns out, there’s no reason not to swim right after eating. So feel free to go back to practicing your float.