Young woman with a piggy bankYour relationship to your finances is one of the most important, most prevalent, and most complicated ones in your life. If you’re lucky, you can ignore the relationship like a distant relative for the first 18 years of existence.

By the time you reach adulthood, however, this relationship takes over. You work for, budget, spend, learn about, gamble away, obsess over, invest with, borrow, scrape together, and save up money for the rest of your life. It’s inescapable. Below, 38 women sum up their relationship with money in one sentence.

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1. “A work in progress.”

2. “Arguably the #1 stressor in my life.”

3. “The thing I haven’t quite figured out yet.”

4. “Full of deep routed emotion from childhood, which I’m trying to turn into a positive manifestation.”

5. “I spend too much on wants, not needs.”

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6. “Due to conditioning, always stressing about it.”

7. “Making money is fun is my money mantra!”

8. “Only just figuring out how to be smarter with it by making the little changes—never learnt until I was unemployed.”

9. “Easy to spend, tough to save.”

10. “My key to freedom.”

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11. “Money and I have a mutual respect for each other!”

12. “Obsessed with checking my accounts, watching them grow, and finally being actively involved in my financial health.”

13. “Still trying to figure it out.”

14. “Never did quite get the hang of it!”

15. “No matter what, I always find a way to make it work.”

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16. “A very codependent relationship that I always work hard for, but never have enough to be satisfied.”

17. “Spend less than you earn and it will change your life.”

18. “Live within your means.”

19. “I’m still learning how to not be so impulsive with spending and finances.”

20. “Panic.”

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21. “Don’t spend what you don’t have.”

22. “Lots of highs and even more lows.”

23. “Always overspending.”

24. “It’s fleeting, and i’ll never be financially secure no matter how hard I try because the second I have it it will go away.”

25. “Clueless, but trying to learn.”

26. “‘You are terrible at managing money’ —my husband (he’s not lying lol).”

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27. “uuuuhhhh”

28. “Money is an energy exchange.”

29. “It IS okay to like money.”

30. “My relationship with money has always been healthy and goal oriented; I started saving when I was 16 and am proud of what I’ve built so far!”

31. “Need to get more of it.”

32. “It’s there when I don’t need it, and it’s not there when I do.”

33. “A reflection of what’s going on internally.”

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34. “More balanced than most, but still learning.”

35. “A rollercoaster.”

36. “I’m a control freak about money, yet I make financial impulsive decisions that freak me the fuck out.”

37. “Balanced.”

38. “Responsible, followed by frivolous spend[ing].”

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Kaitlin Willow

Kaitlin is Founder and Editor in Chief of The Vim. She works for Dermstore during the day and writes novels and short stories in the evenings. She lives in Long Beach, California with the coolest dog in the world, Benny. (Find him on Instagram: @bennythejetsetter)

 
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