Money, money, money

For ADHDers. managing our finance can be a real challenge. It is something that most of us struggle with. We may forget to pay a bill, or buy things impulsively, or difficulty saving, just to give you some examples. Adults with ADHD also tend to earn less than their neurotypical counterparts. Many have difficulty with employment.

Let’s face it, managing our finances is very tedious and uninteresting. When this is the case, those of us with ADHD tend to avoid it. Due to how our brain is wired, we struggle with executive functions. Since managing our finances does require some organization, this makes it difficult to manage our finances. So, many of us will just avoid looking at the bills and our bank statements. As bills and such pile up, it becomes overwhelming. Sure, it will be for anyone, but more so for those with ADHD.

However, much like anything else, we can change this. Managing our finances doesn’t have to be a challenge or a struggle. There are ADHD-friendly ways to help us with managing our finances and not make it so overwhelming or scary.

Here are some tips that can help.

  • Pay bills online. This is definitely an ADHD-friendly way to do it. We can just do it from our phones and computers. We can also set up automatic payments for our regular monthly payments. This can be helpful, as it can be so easy for us to forget to pay bills and such.
  • Share responsibility. If you are in a relationship, talk to your partner. Work together to manage finances. Talk to your partner.
  • Know your struggles. Knowing and understanding what your struggles when it comes to money can be a good step in the right direction. It’s a good starting point. It makes it easy to know what you need to work on and find ways to improve that works for you.
  • Keep track of your spending. You can use an app or plain old pen and paper for this. Whatever works for you. Write down all your spending and it can give you a better sense of where your money is going. I know this isn’t always for those with ADHD, but it can be a useful tool to make some positive changes.

These are just some examples of ways to help ADHDers manage their money. It may not come easily to us and can be overwhelming, but there are ways to go around it. It is not an impossible task. It’s all about finding what you’re struggling with and finding what helps you best.

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  • Even though I don’t have ADHD I do have a learning disability. I find that keeping a written budget helps me stay focused.

    • I’m glad to hear that it helps you.

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