Your money personality
March 16, 2022
Your money personality
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- Freedom Seeker 0%
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- Security Saver 0%
- Social Sharer 0%
Freedom seekers use money to buy time. They value experiences – travel or the ability to pour their passion into something they love. It’s important for young freedom seekers to be aware of their tendency to live in the moment so they don’t disregard their future selves. The most successful freedom seekers have self-control and focus on achieving their goals. For some, it’s a lifelong focus on getting more time through generating financial freedom. And of course, old freedom seekers never change, they just find new horizons! Experience is everything for our freedom seeker. Which is a good thing for them, as research tells us that spending money on experiences makes us happier than buying possessions.
Money is a way to feel safe for the security saver. It gives them a sense of control. They may be cautious about any investment they perceive as risky and younger security savers may be working hard to be in a position to buy their first home. They’ll probably spend more money on creating a nurturing home environment than they do on socialising away from home – because home is at the heart of the security saver’s world. Security savers need to be careful they don’t miss out on experiences in the present because they are too concerned about saving for the future. Being secure isn’t just about being clever with your savings – it means being clever with the way you spend your money too.
The sociable sharer uses money as a way of showing they care about someone. These are the people you want as your best friend. Always up for a party or inviting you over for dinner – willing to lend you money if you need it. Sociable sharers are likely to have a separate ‘mental account’ which means they can rationalise spending money on others even if it means they miss out somewhere themselves. They may splash out more than they can afford on social activities – going out to dinner or buying presents – because for them spending money on other people is a way to make and maintain relationships. Spending time with family or friends will probably be more appealing to them than a shopping expedition.
If you’re a power spender you react to money in a very immediate way. Maybe it’s the thrill of buying something new that you respond to. Maybe it’s the confidence that comes from knowing you’re driving the right car to make a good impression. Perhaps it’s just a sense that you deserve to be able to treat yourself. Power spenders tend to operate at the ‘spender’ end of the spectrum although when in ‘saver’ mode they may be the ones prepared to make riskier investments for higher returns. Sometimes this fearlessness about risk – and willingness to start over again if it all goes wrong – can make them wealthy. Power spenders also need to be aware of what is known as hedonic adaptation – when the thrill wears off each new purchase as you get used to it and you want to move on to the next thing to keep your mood up. Novelty is great and makes us happy – but it doesn’t always need to come with a price tag.
This quiz is designed to help you identify behaviours and attitudes that might shape the way you think about money.
More information about the quiz and answers can be found here
I’m good with budgeting
I like to live in the moment and be spontaneous
I like adventure and want to escape the daily grind
If I could travel instead of working I would
Money provides some independence for me
I would prefer a holiday over saving
I like spending money on experiences and challenges more than saving
I would prefer to spend money to improve my assets, rather than spending on experiences
I like to feel financially safe and have something for a rainy day
I will sacrifice and go without, rather than spend money
I tend to focus on the future, sometimes forgetting to live in the now
I would definitely get insurance for my assets
Money provides a sense of security for me
I love bargains
I like to have a good time
I’m comfortable lending money to family and friends
Giving gifts is a way I make, build and maintain relationships
I live in the now
I show love with money – buying things, shouting others etc.
I often spend more than intended
I often experience shopper’s remorse – change my mind, or regret my purchase when the good feeling passes
I like to treat myself
I really enjoy shopping – it feels great
I’m often impulsive when I spend
I would rather feel good now and save later
I enjoy spending money
I like the best brands
Sometimes I feel addicted to buying things