16 Millennial Women Explain Their Relationship With Their Bank Account

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Money is a feminist issue — and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 Millennial women, more than 50 percent of people said they never discuss personal finances with friends, even though 28 percent reported feeling stressed out about money every single day. Bustle's Get Money series gets real about what Millennial women are doing with their money, and why — because managing your finances should feel empowering, not intimidating.

A relationship not often talked about is the one you have with your bank account. After all, it's a lifelong one, and probably one of the most important ones in your life. At least, it should be. That's why I asked 16 millennial women to explain their relationship to their bank account — the good, the bad, and the in-between. For instance, if you have a casual relationship with your bank account(s), maybe it's time to take things to the next level.

"Everyone should at least have an emergency savings account," Maggie Germano, certified financial education instructor and financial coach for women, tells Bustle. "This account is there to protect you when an emergency arises, like losing your job, getting sick, etc. Experts say everyone should have three  to 12 months' worth of expenses saved in their emergency savings account. If you are self-employed, or have a family to support, you want to be on the higher end of that spectrum. And that amount can change depending on shifting circumstances. If you tend to pull money from your savings account for normal day-to-day spending, it might be best to disconnect your savings from your checking account. Consider using an online bank, like Ally Bank, which has a higher interest return, and makes it harder to transfer money right into your checking account."

OK, is it just me, or does the dipping-into-your-savings-account strategy sound way too familiar? I asked millennial women to talk about their relationship with their bank account, and here's what I found out.

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As you can see from the above, many millennial women take their relationships with their bank accounts quite seriously. Personally, I know I'm going to reevaluate mine, and get to a more "serious" relationship status versus "casual." Hopefully, you've been inspired to, as well.

Check out the “Get Money” stream in the Bustle App for more tips and tricks on how to save and spend your money.