If you’re anything like the 14-year-old version of me, you spent your weekends doing quizzes in Just 17 and Mizz magazine. I learnt all sorts of really important things like ‘Does he really fancy me?’ (no) and ‘What kind of friend are you?’ (a fun-loving organiser!). In those formative years, we’re desperately trying to work out who we really are – I tried out being a DM-wearing tie-dye loving rock chick for a while, then an indie-kid in Adidas Gazelles and tight band tees, before settling on being a slightly geeky boyband lover.
But our thirst to discover more about ourselves doesn’t end when we become a grown up. Or at least, it shouldn’t, and Aviva have created this nifty little quiz to help us work out what kind of person we are, when it comes to our finances. They want us to save smarter, and by using the Aviva Financial Personality tool, you can work out what your financial strengths and weaknesses are, then read tips on how to improve.
The quiz results give you a ‘superhero style’ persona, from Captain Savvy to Professor Chill and when I took the quiz, it identified me as The Enlightened One, telling me “You are naturally gifted at this savings thing – you don’t even have to try to work at your powers – but beware complacency.” (I’ll be honest, I wondered if I’d cheated a little in the quiz. You know like when you were 14 and you’d answer “yes” to “Would you forgive your best mate if she snogged your boyfriend?” just so you’d come out at the end of the quiz looking like a nice person?)
The tool also told me: “Other superheroes may have master plans, futuristic weaponry and seriously awesome outfits to battle the financial fight. But you? You have mind control. You show impressive self-discipline – treating yourself without ever needing to consult a spreadsheet. But what if something goes wrong? Will you know how to escape the evil clutches of a financial fix?”
The empty packet of biscuits currently sitting next to my laptop begs to differ on the whole ‘self-discipline’ thing, but we’ll let that go.
Joking aside, it’s actually a really useful little tool and the advice you get at the end of it is very practical – tips like set yourself financial goals, watch out for ‘invisible spending’ like daily cappuccinos and pay off your plastic. Getting our finances in order can feel like this huge, insurmountable task and as such, we often ignore it, sweeping it under the carpet in the hope it’ll go away. These Save Smarter tips will hopefully help us all to tackle things little by little.
You can check out the tool here, and let me know how you get on with the quiz (and whether the advice you get leads to any lightbulb moments). I’ll be sharing my own tips on how to save smarter, soon on the blog, so come back later this week, to read those!
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