Sure, if I would have known that some things were going to be good bets, I would have put some money in them.
I had my own house at 30 while I was still single. Then the layoffs came. Back then, they had a similar FHA loan where you could get a house out of your income bracket. Each year I paid higher payments until it was $900 a month back then. Similar to what happened here in the past 5 years. I ended up giving it back and the US government lost $10K. I lost more! But I lived there free for over a year and they called me back to work.
So I had to start all over. My next house was mostly paid for with my savings. Then a wife and 2 children came along. I worked overtime to fix things up and add a swimming pool. My house was paid off in about 10 years. Ask your parents how long their mortgage is. I saved tons of interest money.
I had never heard of M$, but when it started, it payed employees with stocks mostly. Many Internet companies also did that. So the stock was only as good as the people until they went public. M$ definately used underhanded tactics to create the dominance they have today!
Try investing money in the stock market. I got mutual funds to spread the risk better. In 2000 the giant Web scandals drove the market down to where I lost over 30K on paper. I pulled out and after 9-11-2001 have never tried again!
You cannot make money overnite in stocks or bonds unless your a day trader with a lot of saavy. The rich "insiders" have their own tricks, like hiking oil futures this year. I think futures should be illegal!
You will have enough trouble just paying bills when you first leave home.