Do you find it cooler to brag about how many more beers you downed over the weekend than your mates, or to see real progress toward achieving your bigger goals? Do you feel guilty when you go on a spending bender, or do you fear spending so you compulsively save and feel like you’re missing out on fun because of it?
Understanding what money management personality type you have will help you understand what habits you need to change or create to become a happy saver — one that can enjoy life now and achieve your future goals.
You’ve got to speculate to accumulate.
The investor or money-maker’s top priority in life is making money. If you’re an investor/money-maker, you believe that life gets better the more money you make, and you often crave recognition for your financial efforts and successes.
Ability to save: You’re good at saving because money is so important to you, but you also take risks to win bigger. By being so focused on making money, you might lose sight of the fun you could be missing out on shorter term and ultimately regret not having a more balanced approach to your financial gameplan. A budgeting app can be key to doing this easily.
Maybe one day I’ll spend my savings
In one way, a bit like the money-maker, the compulsive saver sees money as a source of security. If you’re a compulsive saver, you fear impulsive spending or spending money for pleasure, so you’re an expert at hunting down bargains and pride yourself on being very careful with money.
Ability to save: You’re an excellent saver, but, like the money-maker, you may be saving at the expense of living your life. Having a budgeting app with an expense tracker might help you achieve a better balance.
Because life is for the living!
The compulsive spender is prone to extreme behaviour in all areas of life, for example going through phases of intense exercise, followed by periods of inactivity and lethargy. If you’re a compulsive spender, you’ll often spend or overspend on unnecessary things to make you feel good, particularly if you’re feeling stressed. You will often feel guilty for spending but will make a point of trying to justify big spending splurges to yourself and others.
Ability to save: You probably want to save and be able to control your spending splurges, but you might not feel like you can or know where to start. Get a handle on where your money’s at with an app that is designed to help you do your thing each day and be in control of reaching your goals.
Fortune favors the brave, right?
An interesting mix of money-maker and compulsive spender, the gambler is eager to make a lot of money quickly and believes taking big risks is the way to get big rewards. As a gambler, you get a real buzz from the risks that pay off, but you can feel really low about losing money.
Ability to save: Saving isn’t really on your agenda — you’re all about making as much money as you can and thriving on the buzz of gambling big. It might be worth having a look at splitting up your money, so you have a pot that you’re willing to risk and a pot that you’re not. Explore how the Alvin App can help you make this distinction.
The occasional treat never hurt anyone…
A mix of the compulsive saver and the compulsive spender, the impulse saver/spender is smart with money but occasionally gives in to spending urges. If you’re an impulse saver/spender, you’ll get satisfaction from saving money but will occasionally feel restricted and treat yourself to a spending spree, for which you might feel guilty and regretful.
Ability to save: You know how to save and you’re good at it, but your attitude towards saving is that it’s a chore and that it’s your ticket to a life of no fun. That’s why you sometimes fall off the wagon and why it hurts so much when you do. Getting a real handle on your money using a budget app or expense tracker could help even out your feelings towards money.
I should probably prepare for the worst
Constantly concerned about losing money or not having enough of it, the worrier is often trying to be a better saver but doesn’t always know how. If you’re a worrier, you lack confidence in your ability to ever achieve financial freedom — in other words, to feel completely secure in your ability to live your life as you want without the risk of spending more than you expected and running low. You’ll often be in preparation mode and would like support with becoming a confident budgeter and happy saver; this money management buddy could be just what the worrier needs to help build that confidence.
Ability to save: There’s nothing worse than feeling constantly stressed and eaten up by money worries. This happens to people who have a lot of money in the bank, as well as those who have very little — the worry isn’t always about how much money you technically have but your understanding of where it comes from and where it’s going each month. Ask yourself: am I ready to understand my money, love saving, and reach my goals?
Take a minute to write a few sentences about the traits you think describe you. For example: ‘I feel guilty when I spend money on things I don’t need’ or ‘If I’m not investing and making money then I’m failing in life’.
No matter which money personality type you are, finding the right money app is important. You need a wise money buddy that recognizes your spending habits and inclination to save so you’ve got the knowledge and support to celebrate the little wins that lead to achieving those big goals.
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