Don’t be a Sucker – Read the Fine Print

Do you read the fine print before you sign something? I do! Why? Because When you put your signature to something, you can be held legally liable for whatever is written on that page.

This has burned me a few times. Back when we were first married, we bought a car. My husband and I were bickering about the type of car, so I didn’t read the contract carefully. I forget what the interest rate was, but it was something outrageous. Since I had signed the contract, I was stuck with it.  

Then years later, when I was signing a real estate contract, they made a major mistake on it.  Cost me about $1,000 bucks to fix because we ended up having to probate my father’s will to correct it.

So, now whenever I have to sign something, I stop and read it first.  Sometimes people look at me oddly when I do it, but generally they are pretty understanding. 

Have you ever had an experience where signing without reading something has caused you a problem?

If you’d like to see previous posts on the subject, just click on the Smart Money tag below.



  1. says

    I just bought a car and I read each paper very carefully. In the past, I think I would have signed away. A good reminder to be so careful these days.

  2. says

    I have gotten in the habit of not reading any longer. I used to read every word and after a million ga zillion odd looks, I gave it up. Now, I just hope and trust that people are telling me the truth when I am signing something. I should definitely start reading again. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. says

    I need to get better at reading the fine print. I am more of a let’s get this done girl so I move to quickly when making decisions! Love your blog and thanks so much for stopping by today!XOXO Jessica

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