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Where did you learn about money?

Posted by idawrites on January 29, 2009 in education, Finance, Money |

As someone who grew up knowing very little about money, except that we had none, I’ve always wondered where others learned their money habits.  Where did you learn yours?  Were your parents frugal?  Spendthrifts?  Don’t have any idea?

My sophomore year in high school, I took an economics class.  I learned (a little) about keeping a check register, writing checks, and balancing checkbooks.  That’s pretty much the extent of my “formal” education.  The rest of my money education came from reading articles, taking free online courses.

Over the years, I’ve spent what amounts to months of my life reading Motley Fool articles, then following the linking across the internet to Yahoo Finance, MSN Money, CNN Business, and on to great blogs.  I learned that money relationships were far more complicated than earn the paycheck, pay the bill.  Big shock, that was!

So, now I’m really curious.  Where did your money education come from?


1 Comment

  • Emily says:

    We’re in the same pea-green boat. My parents taught us nothing about money, other than to give us everything our hearts desired. What a wake-up call, to be thrust into the real world of bills, late fees, and (eventually) collection agencies. On the flip-side, my 5-year-old son is constantly obsessed with how much something costs, if we can afford it, etc etc ad nauseum. I’m not yet sure if that’s good or bad….

    Love your blog, though!

    Emily’s last blog post..A Week of Firsts

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