The Challenges So Many Adults Have in Managing Their Money?

 by: Michael Saunders

There may be several reasons why adults have money-management problems. The lack of knowledge on how to deal with these problems can be one of the biggest causes of why so many families, generation after generation, continue to suffer financially. But, with regard to your lack of knowledge in dealing with money-management issues, it may not be totally your fault.

Remember back in high school when you were learning calculus, art and science? There wasn't a class in money management. Unless you are in the calculus, art or science field, how many times do you need those subjects to make it from day to day? Probably none. So, it really isn't your fault that you were never formally taught how to manage your money effectively. So how did you learn to effectively manage money? You either had to teach yourself, or you inadvertently learned from your parents (whether their ways of managing money were good or bad), or you just never really learned.

What if schools had a money-management requirement? These courses wouldn't necessarily have to teach students how to be frugal, but simply how to manage their money effectively. Perhaps the courses could include a semester-long project with the curriculum entailing detailed money-management scenarios and problem-solving techniques. How well the student does in the course would depend on how effective he became at handling his finances. This type of course could prove to be the lesson of a lifetime.  (continued...)
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About The Author

Michael Saunders has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He edits a site on Credit Repair and Debt Consolidation and is president of Information Organizers, LLC.

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