INSIDE: Getting into a Financially Fit Habit

Getting into a Financially Fit Habit

By Brigette Nelson, VP of Finance

Many would probably agree that their spending habits are not ideal. Some say it takes between 21 – 23 days to break a bad habit. Here are three common habits and a suggestion to consider incorporating into your daily routine to help you strengthen your financial literacy skills!

Habit 1: You SPEND MORE than what you MAKE

    1. This problem is common among many teenagers. We earn money and spend it on things that we want in a given moment, rather than considering if the purchase is a wise decision.
    2. Consider assessing every item before you buy it. When it comes to anything you spend, ask yourself this question, “It this something I need or something I want.” If you don’t need it, then consider not buying it and focusing on saving for some long-term needs.

Habit 2: You DON’T TRACK your SPENDING

  1. Spending money on small expenses really add up! For example, you could be spending $5 on coffee every day and end up spending over $150 in one month and $1,800 in one year! By not keeping track of spending habits, it becomes a lot harder to see where your money is going.
    1. The Solution: One of my favorite ways to keep track of my spending is by writing it down in a mini journal. This allows me to continually be aware of how much I’m spending.

Habit 3: You DON’T CREATE a BUDGET

    1. Are you creating a budget to help aid in your spending habits? Making a budget is important because you can plan on how much you want to spend and save.
    2. The Solution: One of my favorite ways to budget is by creating a spreadsheet with my planned expenses (even the fun ones) and savings and then keep track to stay within my goals.

I hope this is helpful as you consider ways to improve your financial habits!

 

Brigette Nelson, VP of Finance

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