October 17, 2012 6:58 AM Subscribe
Although I'm a highly educated woman in my late thirties, when it comes to money I'm basically a fourth grader. Tell me how you managed to be a financial grown up.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (22 answers total) 59 users marked this as a favorite
I was married for most of my adult life and my ex-husband handled all of our finances. I really need someone (probably in book form) to tell me what to keep in a file cabinet, what to keep up with for tax purposes, and basically anything else I should be keeping track of and, most importantly, WHERE I should keep track of these things. I own a house and a car, have credit card debt, and school loans. I'm making dents in the debt (paying more than the minimum every two weeks) but the idea of doing my 2012 taxes is freaking me out more than anything. I know I have money going towards retirement, but I'm uncertain as to how to understand where it is and the ramifications of where my money is going.
Also, I'd really like to see all my financial business in one place but I don't know what to use in order to get the big picture. I have files all over the house in strange places and the idea of going through these baskets and bins is giving me anxiety attacks. I need a plan of some sort to help me figure out how to conquer all of this. What I really wish I could do is see someone's office space and get a feel for what they're keeping track of and why. Sort of like that blog where people show all the hipster stuff they carry with them.
Books and websites are great. Bonus points for those who tell me how they went from 10 years old to 38 in financial terms.