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Study Reveals Over 70% Of Aussies Feel Guilty When They Spend Money

June 19, 2018 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

New research, commissioned by Evolution Media Group – a wealth content business that makes finance products more accessible – reveals that 72% of Australians have felt guilty about spending money, with 22% saying it happens regularly.

The data highlights that only a mere 22% of people refrain from buying items they can’t afford, and that females are almost three times more likely to feel guilty about their spending habits on a regular basis.

Finance and money expert Vanessa Stoykov says, “The fact that such a significant number of Australians feel guilty for spending their own hard-earned money is frightening. From my experience, most negative emotions associated with money come from lack of awareness. Making payments blindly, without knowing how much is or isn’t in the bank account, is a scary feeling for anyone.”

Vanessa adds, “Unfortunately, many people fear their finances, but knowledge is power. I’m hoping my debut book The Breakfast Club for 40-Somethings provides a new and entertaining way to help change people’s long-term behaviours and lives for the better. Being financially savvy is a skill that can bring an incredible amount of stability and happiness, so it’s important that this is what everyone strives for when they think about their finances, as opposed to running away from it.”

To help Australians stop feeling guilty when spending money, Vanessa shares a few of her top-line expert tips:

  1. Work out exactly how much debt you are in. To get a true picture of your financial situation, you need to calculate all your debt and be real about it. Understand your true position and the assets you have versus your liabilities (debts) so you have an honest financial view of your personal situation. Only by doing this work can you know what to change.
  2. Calculate and consolidate. The reality of knowing an actual figure can be frightening, but not knowing how much money your really have is much scarier than having a plan to pay it off. A simple step like consolidating all of your credit cards into one low interest card can make a huge difference in getting you out of credit card debt far more quickly.  An extra tip – commit to paying more than the minimum each month in order to pay off that credit card debt even faster and get you back on track.
  3. Know what you really want in life. It sounds cliché, but if you don’t have a goal, then all the advice in the world won’t motivate you. By knowing what you really want your life to look like in the future, strategic decisions become easier to make. For example, if you have a passion for travelling, can you lower your overheads and save more, so you can go away more regularly? This mindset will stop you from making bad short-term decisions that don’t serve you and the life you really want.

Vanessa concludes, “No-one wants to feel guilty about spending money, or to be at risk of being unable to afford a comfortable future, but that’s the unfortunate reality for many unless action is taken. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes when it comes to money.  However, having done so, and then going on to build decades of experience in the finance industry, I can honestly say that the hardest part of bettering your future is actually starting.”

Purchase your copy The Breakfast Club for 40-Somethings here. The book is published by Wiley and is available in all major bookstores, including Big W, now. RRP $25.95.

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