Introverted or Extroverted? Budgeting Tips for Your Personality

Introverted or Extroverted? Budgeting Tips for Your Personality

 

The world wide web is a wonderful resource to find budgeting tips. There are tips for college students, families, and even for specific situations like redecorating your home. Have you ever wondered if there are specific budgeting tips for your personality style? If yes, you have come to the right place!

We are most familiar with the introvert/extrovert personality stereotypes – you might relate to being one or the other. For a successful financial life, it is worth knowing which budgeting tips can actually work better for your personality style.

Please note that for generalisation sake, we will be using stereotypes – but this does not mean that all introverts and extroverts have those qualities and only those qualities. Human beings are beautifully unique creatures, after all! Here are some budgeting tips for introverted and extroverted individuals.



Budgeting Tips for Introverts

The stereotypes for introverted individuals are: shy, prefers to spend time alone rather than with other people, quiet, socially awkward, deep thinkers, good listeners.

If many of the above traits apply to you, you can apply these budgeting tips:

  1. Shopping: Sometimes the hassle of going out to buy stuff is just too much. If you prefer shopping online rather than offline, there are many ways to maximise your savings. For example, you can easily Google for coupons or discounts that you can apply for extra savings. Get more tips for online shopping here.
  1. ‘Me’-time activities: One of the best ways to get some down ‘me’ time is spend some time doing solitary activities like reading books, listening to music, watching tv, or playing video games. There are many money-saving methods for each of them, but one of the best tips is this: when in doubt (over what to buy), get something you can read/listen/watch/play again and again!
  1. Hobbies: Nothing beats working on a hobby you are passionate about. However, don’t be blinded by your hobby until you lose track of your spending. If you collect something as a hobby, always remind yourself to prioritise other spending categories that might be more essential. Consider putting it on hold to if you have to pay off your debt or if you want to accelerate your emergency funds. Better yet, have a hobby that can pay for itself! Here are some options.

Budgeting Tips for Extroverts

The stereotypes for extroverted individuals are: confident, prefers to spend time with other people rather than being alone, loud, good at networking, good speakers.

If many of the above traits apply to you, you can apply these budgeting tips:

  1. Limit your ‘eating out’ and ‘entertainment’ budget – Extroverts love to catch up with family and friends, and going out for delicious food and/or some fun is a common way to do it. Unfortunately, it can also really add up. Evaluate your budget – if you can afford it, set a limit and apply ways to encourage you to stick to it. If you cannot afford a large budget, organise some cheaper alternatives instead. You can always go to free events or do home parties. Get some more money-saving tips here.
  1. Have like-minded friends – You are the company you keep. If you have friends who love to spend money, you will be peer-pressured to do so as well. Inform your friends about your money goals, and if possible, ask them to encourage you to achieve it! If you have never done it before, here are ways to start talking to them about money.
  1. Get product recommendations and feedback – If you are on the lookout for quality products (or services) that don’t cost a ton, word of mouth referrals are one of the best ways to look for it. Using those tips can help you save money, time, and frustration over buying a cheap and useless product.

Conclusion

You might find that you can relate to most of the budgeting tips above – you are right, those tips are not exclusive to one personality type over another. Even if you are predominantly introverted or predominantly extroverted, you can still tweak all the tips to your advantage. Many people are actually ambiverts – people who have both introverted and extroverted qualities, depending on the situation. In this case, you can mix and match both categories and apply best practices to improve your financial life.

In short, there are no hard and set rules when it comes to budgeting tips and personality styles. Just use what works for you!

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