A National Center for Women and Retirement Research (NCWRR) study showed a direct correlation between a woman's personality characteristics and her financial habits. Assertiveness, openness to change, and an optimistic outlook are the qualities that tend to lead to smart money choices.
Financial Planner, author, and TV host Suze Orman believes our problems with money are manifestations of problems in our life and relationships. Work on the money issues and many of the other problems will take care of themselves; or, work on the other problems and the money problems will take care of themselves.
For many people, money is an emotionally charged issue. It may represent power, or love, or control, especially in relationships. Our beliefs about money and our emotional attachments to it strongly influence the way we spend and handle money.
- Don't rely on someone else, like a husband or boyfriend, for your financial security. Educate yourself about money management and investing.
- Set goals - it's key to financial success.
- Don't use money to make yourself feel good. That type of high is fleeting. Instead, do things that promote self-respect and creativity so you don't have to seek those feelings through spending money.
- Spend less than you earn - it's the secret to creating wealth.
- Get an education. People with college degrees make on average significantly more money than those who don't have degrees.
- Build an emergency fund. Without one, losing your job or incurring a large unexpected bill could force you to take on heavy credit card debt, and could put you into a financial hole that will be difficult if not impossible to dig your way out of.
- Be involved in the day-to-day management of your family's finances, and talk about money with your spouse.
- Don't take on your partner's or spouse's debt when you marry. Wait until you're both out of debt before tying the knot, or protect yourself with a pre-nuptial agreement. They're not only for the rich.
- Don't let the fear of losing money, fear of failure, or fear of the unknown stop you from investing.
- Learn from your money mistakes. Don't let them hobble you.