I'll be honest: It took me a long time to start caring about my money. My priorities right after graduating from college were much more focused on finding a job and paying rent for my New York City apartment, and not as much on starting a savings account or bothering to look at my credit score. Then when I did eventually come around to prioritizing my financial health, I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of new information out there. Money was super scary to me at the time, and when I took a good look at the amount of student debt I owed compared to how much money was currently sitting in my checking account (spoiler: next to nothing), I worried I'd somehow missed my chance to set myself up for financial success.
I know firsthand how intimidating personal finances can feel when you're first learning how to manage them for yourself, which is why I'm pumped that Bustle and Clarity Money have teamed up to outline a few simple things you can do both on the Clarity Money app and on your own that'll help you take control of your finances, maybe even in less time than it takes you to read this article.