By Emma Moore
on June 30, 2024
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Learning how to have a healthy relationship with money is essential to prevent poor credit scores and financial hardship. When you struggle to pay your bills on time, keep enough money in your savings account, or simply survive as a full-time employee, you may need to make a few changes to help improve your current situation.

Learn the Basics of Healthy Money Management

Learning the basics of managing your finances can help drastically when it comes to saving and spending wisely. Be informed before making any financial decision for yourself and your household. Learn the basics of managing funds, bank accounts, credit scores, interest rates, and loans.

Take time to familiarize yourself with the process of saving and budgeting. Create a household budget that is optimal for your family based on your net income. In addition, create a disposable income you have available after paying for your housing, utilities, food, and other necessities. Make sure to have a budget for food in your home. If not, create a budget that helps to prevent overspending or wasting food each time you visit the grocery store.

Download and use smartphone apps designed to keep track of spending while monitoring finances. Review your spending daily, weekly, and monthly to determine which areas you need to cut back in to save more.  

Identify Bad Habits and Triggers

Identify what leads to poor financial decisions in order to truly change the way you currently spend and save. Consider which situations you are most likely to spend in. Also, notice when it is unwise for you and any future plans you have in mind. Are there specific items that you find it difficult to resist? Identifying triggers can help you to steer clear from temptations while working towards the development of healthier financial management skills. 

Rewire Your Brain's Reward Center

It's true, humans often tend to respond to being rewarded with happiness and glee. This cause us to desire the same effect. Unfortunately, when you have a habit of spending too much, you may also get stuck in a negative reward circuit. It is difficult to get out of the cycle of spending or managing finances poorly. However, it is possible by rewiring your brain's reward center. Rather than spending your disposable income on unnecessary purchases, consider setting it aside and saving it.

Establishing a better relationship with your finances is one of the most important steps to take when you truly want to make a change in your life for the better. If you achieve your money-saving goal, reward yourself with an item of your choice at the end of each month. While rewiring your brain's reward center takes them when changing money-spending and saving habits, it is possible with a commitment to an overhaul to your current lifestyle.

This is not legal or financial advice. Please consult a legal or financial advisor for your specific situation.