7 Financial Commandments for Millennials

financial commandments for millenials

It’s graduation season! What a happy time. With a huge accomplishment behind you, there are many choices ahead. Whether you are starting a new job or looking for a job, you can create habits now that will help you get ahead of the financial curve. Follow these seven financial commandments so you can look back on your twenties and say, “I did that right.”

Seven Financial Commandments for Millennials

1. If you don’t already have a credit card, get one. Lack of credit has the same effect as bad credit, so building your credit now is a great idea. Pay your credit card off each month so you aren’t carrying a balance. You won’t pay any interest this way, and you will be one step closer to a great credit score.

2. Open your mail and read your online statements. Not paying attention to bills and accounts is the number one way people get into trouble with their personal finances. Missed late fees, overdrafts, and unpaid bills can have a negative impact years down the road. And remember, if you move, always change your address. You can do this free at the post office or pay $1 to do it online at usps.com.

3. Save $100/month. If you start now you could have $1,000,000 in retirement.

4. Get health insurance now. Don’t go even one day without it. Medical bills are the number one reason people file for bankruptcy, so make sure you are covered.

5. Don’t go into debt. I know there are things you want but resist the urge to finance them. Instead, save up for them and pay cash. Ask yourself if your life will really be impacted if you don’t have everything you want right now. Down the road you will thank yourself for not having to fit expenses from years past into an already-tight budget.

6. Get renter’s insurance. It’s cheap, and it protects what you do have.

7. Create a spending plan. It can be on paper, in Excel, or in a program. Simply track what expenses you have each month and how much you have coming in. There’s power in writing something down, and by tracking your spending and income, you won’t have to worry about spending more than you earn.

Holly Morphew, AFC® is personal finance expert, coach, writer, and speaker based in Denver, CO. She is the CEO + Founder of Financial Impact, a specialized financial coaching practice that helps career-driven entrepreneurs and professionals create personal wealth and financial independence. She is the author of Simple Wealth, a #1 best-seller in wealth management, personal transformation, real estate, and women & business. Holly began teaching personal finance in 2006 as a service project with Rotary International, and received the prestigious “Rotarian of the Year” award for her work in financial literacy. As an Accredited Financial Counselor® with the AFCPE, Holly has also been recognized for “Bridging the Gap” for outstanding work in private practice. Her philosophy, “abundance is our natural state” is the core of Financial Impact programs, which help clients bridge behavior and mindset to realize their potential. In addition to personal wealth building, Holly also helps clients start and scale businesses and create new streams of income.

Hi! I’m Holly, the founder of Financial Impact and an award-winning financial coach. I help career-driven leaders and entrepreneurs create wealth, take the stress out of managing money, and feel confident and powerful when it comes to their finances.

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