How to Master Financial Literacy: Essential Personal Finance Tips for Beginners
Many have heard of Financial literacy, but don’t actually know what it is. Well, it is having the knowledge and skills to understand and manage your personal finances in order to make better financial decisions. Unfortunately, financial literacy is not always taught in schools or at home, especially in the Latinx and BIPOC community. This often means that we are left struggling and fighting for our lives with our finances. However, it’s never too late to learn financial literacy. In this blog, we’ll discuss some tips and strategies for how to learn financial literacy.
Financial Literacy and Success
Want to create a successful life for yourself? Well learning financial literacy is crucial to “Creating the Future You Want.” The fact is that we live in a capitalist country and knowing how to navigate your finances is a must to survive and thrive. Understanding your finances keeps you from making poor financial decisions that can set you back or keep you from achieving the life you want. It is also key to closing the wage and wealth gap, because we are already so behind!
Start with the basics
Stop! Before diving into complex financial topics, it’s important to start with understanding the basics of your finances. The basics includes budgeting, saving, and debt management. Start by tracking your expenses and creating a budget that works for you. This will help you understand where your money is going and identify areas where you can cut back. Additionally, focus on paying off any debt you may have, such as credit card debt or student loans.
Reading: Books, Blogs, Articles
One of the best ways to start learning about personal finance is to read. There are plenty of personal finance books, articles and blogs that are available. The best part, is now many are even on audible or some form where you can listen.
One of the well-known personal finance books that many people start with is, “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. Many find this perfect to start creating your money mindset. Reading about personal finance can help you understand complex concepts and provide practical tips for managing your money. You can check out “12 Personal Finance Books written by Women,” or check out my personal finance books list.
Social Media, Youtube, Podcasts
Additionally, you can learn financial literacy through social media like tiktok, facebook groups, youtube, and even podcasts. There are many creators (including me) giving out free content geared to teaching others about personal finance. This is a great way to start for free.
Many personal finance advocates offer some time of online course. Many have free mini courses. Also, compared to traditional college courses, these online courses are often at your own pace. There are so many out there that offer courses on investing, retirement planning, real estate, business, money management and many other personal finance topics. Some courses may be free, while others may require a fee. The fee may deter some people but it really is the best investment you can make, in yourself. However, make sure you take courses from those who have actual experience.
Seminars and Workshops
Another way to learn financial literacy is to attend seminars or workshops. The good news is that many are online and even offer recordings afterwards. So they are more accessible. You can often find these listed on social media or by just signing up for newsletters or emails. Attending these events are a great way to learn from experts in the field and you can network with others who are also interested in personal finance.
Coaches and Mentors
If you would like more of 1 on 1 learning, hiring a coach or finding a mentor can help. Learning and being guided by someone with the experience and knowledge you need, can help you reach your financial goals faster. You can find free mentorship via facebook groups or hire a coach directly.
Lastly, if you feel that you need professional help managing your finances, it may be helpful to consult with a financial advisor. A financial advisor can provide personalized advice and help you create a plan to achieve your financial goals. They are experts in helping you manage and grow your finances. However they do charge a fee for their services. Regardless the investment is worth it in the long run.
There are so many avenues, these days, that you can choose from to learn financial literacy. Taking the time to learn about your finances and how you can grow your money, is important to gain financial freedom. The road you take to get there is up to you!
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