In January I finally launched my own Facebook group, Money Mess To Financial Success. Since then the group’s gained more than 500 members and has helped so many millennials transform their finances.
We’ve talked about everything from the importance of Fuck Off Funds to the impact mental health can have on our money.
So whether you’re saving for your own home, tired of living pay cheque to pay cheque, or struggling to get out of your overdraft, I honestly think you should join the community and introduce yourself to the gang.
Unconvinced? Here are 5 reasons to join the Money Mess To Financial Success community:
You’ll learn how to be better with money
Are you clueless when it comes to budgeting? Have you used the same bank since you were born? Do you keep making the same money mistakes over and over again? We’ll help you get to grips with your finances and be better with money!
You’ll be surrounded by like-minded people
For some reason, talking about money is still widely considered some sort of taboo. Most of my mates would sooner discuss the intricate details of their sex lives than disclose their salaries with other people. Since so many people are reluctant to talk about cash, it can be hard to know where to turn when you have a money question you need to discuss. This is where the Money Mess To Financial Success group comes in handy! As soon as you join the group you’ll be surrounded by people who, like you, are on a mission to be better with money and live richer lives.
Earlier today a group member said that the community makes her feel ‘safe’ and ‘positive’, while another applauded other group members for never making her feel judged or shamed. We’re all friends here!
You’ll gain fast answers to your money questions
With more than 500 members and counting, this is a great place to get fast answers to your pressing money questions. Whether you wanna moan about your crappy landlord or find out how to slash the amount you spend on your car each year, the Money Mess To Financial Success gang are ready and waiting to help!
You’ll be held accountable
At the start of each month I encourage group members to set themselves a money goal for the weeks ahead. I post a quick reminder a couple of weeks later before checking in to see how everyone got on at the end of the month.
By vocalising your goals, you’re more likely to get the result you want because you won’t want to let yourself down!
If you don’t achieve what you set out to do, you won’t be put in The Chokey, but you will be encouraged to do better the following month. Need any help along the way? We’re here for you!
You’ll learn to turn money saving into a game
Saving money is a bit like losing weight. Losing weight involves eating less than you burn and saving money involves spending less than you earn! Oooh, that rhymed! You heard it here first.
We all know how to lose weight and we all know how to save money, but when we actually go to put this knowledge into practice, this is when problems arise. We pledge to take homemade salads to work every day only to succumb to a Subway after a difficult morning. We promise ourselves that we’ll give up takeaways only to receive a text from Domino’s offering us two overpriced pizzas for the price of one overpriced pizza. We vow to avoid binge drinking for a while but then Hot Harry from HR invites us to the pub. Temptation is at every turn!
It’s alright saying that you’re going to give up bad habits but unless you really adopt a money-focused mindset and get a little obsessed with your money goals, you’re going to keep giving into temptation.
I didn’t create Money Mess To Financial Success to turn you into a tight-fisted Scrooge; I created it to help you think of your finances as if it’s a game to be played and won. As good ol’ Mary Poppins says, ‘in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. Find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game!’ I really think that gamifying your goals is the key to achieving them. It worked for me and I’m confident that it can work for other people too.