Being financially literate is crucial for a healthy, happy life. Having financial literacy means that you’re able to confidently manage your own money and make financial decisions that will set you up for a comfortable life in the future.
Financial literacy is the answer whether you’re wondering how to plan for retirement, manage your 401(k), climb out of debt, protect your money from inflation, etc. But how can you build your financial literacy?
Knowledge is power, and in this article, I’m going to explain the best ways to improve your financial literacy and become the master of your own money, comfort, and future.
One of the easiest ways to get ahold of your finances is to create a detailed budget using google spreadsheets, excel, or any other app or software that you’d like. Write down your monthly income, and subtract from it your monthly expenses.
Anytime you purchase something that isn’t a consistent purchase, such as a new shirt or fast food stop, write that down in your budget as well. At the end of the month, you can see whether you’re in the hole or how much money you have in savings.
From there, you can decide on investing or saving the cash.
Books are a fantastic way to learn and one of my favorite. There are so many self-help and financial literacy books to check out that I couldn’t even begin to list them all.
Go to your local bookstore or library and look for their personal finance books to get started. Choose one at random, do a little research on the internet to check out what others are thinking, and then just start reading and learning!
Podcasts are a fun alternative to books. You can listen to them on the go, at the gym, etc., so there’s always a chance to learn.
I like to read books and use podcasts as a supplementary learning source, but everyone is different. Whether you’re a book person or a podcast person, both sources are bound to teach you what you need to know in order to gain financial literacy in your life.
Social media is a more passive way to learn financial literacy. You won’t really spend a lot of time researching through social media to learn.
However, if you follow many financial experts across Twitter, TikTok, and LinkedIn, you’re bound to learn some valuable tips and garner a lot of advice. Some Twitter accounts, for example, are dedicated to dishing out financial tips every single day.
I also enjoy browsing personal finance tips on forum sites like Reddit, where users share their own recommendations for financial literacy. Remember, sites like Reddit have users from all walks of life, so you’ll likely find someone that has been in a similar situation as yours and know how to improve.
Listening to others in similar situations as your own is great, but nothing beats talking to an expert. Professionals have gone to college and spent many years studying and learning about everything financial. Getting the help of a professional will help you navigate through uncertain market conditions.
Chances are, they’ve already talked to someone in your exact spot and have helped them reach financial literacy and financial independence. Even if you’re already financially sound, a professional can help you accomplish any financial goal that you may have, and they are well worth their consultation price.
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