(I wish this picture was of me. It is not.)
Do you know how much is in your main current account right now, without having to look?
No? That’s ok. For a long time I didn’t either. You could put a gun to my head and I would still struggle to come up with an accurate figure of how much I had in my account at any given moment.
I could probably tell you whether or not I thought I was in my overdraft, but no more than that. I’d probably be right with that guess as well – if only that I was so often in my overdraft that my odds of being correct would be pretty good.
If this sounds like you too then you should know that I totally get it. I’ve been there. In the fight of Girl vs Money, Money was definitely winning. Properly kicking my butt. And what made it worse was that I would often actively avoid checking my account because chances were that the total would be even worse than I thought. So I wasn’t just unaware of what my account total was, I was actually hiding from it. Round 1 to Money, I think.
But not anymore. I took control of that stupid mess and started sorting it all out so that I am in control of the money rather than it controlling me. It doesn’t mean that my financial situation is suddenly sorted but it does mean I’ve made a start, which is almost half the battle (right?).
As part of this process I’ve found it really useful to read a lot of personal finance blogs. I love hearing how other people have taken up the cause and won their own battle with their cash. But a lot of the blogs I’ve read seem to be American, or talk about things like investing in bitcoin – and that doesn’t interest me so much. So I thought I’d start my own.
So welcome to my blog about a UK girl in a fight to regain control of her money and, as a result, her life, and who, honestly, has no bloody idea or interest in what ‘bitcoin’ is at all.