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Every little bit does truly help. Especially when it comes to interest rates and loans. Every extra % of interest or every extra day that you are paying that interest will, over time, have a profound effect on your net worth and the money left in your pocket. The concept of compounding interest will show you just how quickly your savings (or interest due) can grow. Time and interest are two very important factors that will affect your wealth and overall financial health. Research and educate yourself on the true meaning of compounding interest so that you can better appreciate how this will effect you. Every little bit does help, so try to save more and spend less, and get away from high interest rate loans as quickly as you can.