Why you must be financially literate
Usually April is Financial Literacy month but we are going to take a look at it now since we are a little over halfway through the year. Financial literacy is not just knowing and understating how to manage your personal financial matters but actually taking what you know and putting it into action. To be totally financially literate you need to understand how to manage debt, do financial planning / budgeting, and learn profitable ways to save the money you earn. Learning these principles and applying them is what is needed to gain financial confidence and financial independence.
To be financially literate.
There are several steps for a person to have financial literacy which include key skills in making and keeping a budget, track your spending habits, learn simple ways to pay off debt, and plan for your future. Being educated in these areas from a financial expert can be very beneficial in achieving your financial goals and give you and your family peace of mind and financial confidence which leads individuals to be self-sufficient.
How financial ignorance can affect you.
Based on a report by National Financial Educators Counselors Council in an article that was published in Cardtrak.com the lack of financial knowledge is costing Americans more than $2.3 trillion dollars over their lifetime. The lack of knowledge cost people money, bank charges, high interest, credit card debt, losses on investments and it can hurt you from getting your dream job if your credit is poor. Also based on this report, financial ignorance affects all ages and demographics levels. The lack of knowledge can lead to owning large amounts of debt, which can lead to poor credit, bankruptcy, and or foreclosure.
Now I am not close to being financially perfect myself. I have had money troubles in the past and at one time I was close to living out of the back seat of my car. This was the wakeup call I needed to get my act together with my finances. I have worked extremely hard in the past ten years at applying financial principles and strategies to get myself out of debt and get ahead of the financial curve and become financially independent.
Here are a couple of excellent resources on how to become financial literate:
A statement that I read not too long ago makes perfect sense. “The key to building great wealth is having great knowledge to act on and great wisdom to know which course of action is the best”.
What are some of your financial goals that will help you to become financial literate and independent.