Managing my finances has always been really difficult for me, a common struggle for many people with ADHD.
My increased impulsivity leads me to make purchases without fully thinking through the consequences, difficulties with memory mean I sign up for free trials and forget to cancel them for years at a time, and a fear of anything super boring makes budgeting feel like death.
This usually doesn't result in the healthiest of financial situations...
I recently posted this silly tweet and got a lot of great responses.
Asking for a friend.
(it's me, I'm the friend)
Here are some of my favorite replies, ranging from the pretty darn useful all the way to not exactly helpful but VERY relatable.
I check it every month & budget accordingly.
Also cancelled any payments/contracts that I don’t actually use. @LauraFMcConnell
which is seriously the only thing I’ve ever found that truly works @andrewglynch
Pay nearly everything on a cc that I pay off every month so I know exactly how much I am spending and on what.
Spreadsheet dopamine ✨
Be cheap enough and make enough that number just goes up and stop doing anything to budget at all. @maggiekb1
Autism: "Okay. I made a plan, and I see how we can stick to this! It's actually pretty clear, once you see the charts and..."
ADHD: "Oh! A hat! It's in a new color!" @TheeDoctorB
Here are a few additional resources to help with ADHD and finances:
🎙️ Tina Mathams: Managing Your Budget and Finances with ADHD
I recorded this episode of the ADHD Nerds podcast on managing your finances, making a budget, and more with Tina Mathams, an ADHD accountant and money coach.
📅 "Do your taxes" ADHD Body Doubling Session
Speaking of Tina Mathams, she's teaming up with my friends at Shimmer (ADHD Coaching) to run a quick "Do Your Taxes" body-doubling session this week on Thu Feb 8 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET. Sign up now to get reminders before the event starts!
📝 How we manage our business, household, and personal finances as a couple
My friend and fellow ADHDer Marie Poulin wrote up this extensive article on how she and her husband manage both their personal and business finances, largely influenced by the books Profit First and Worry Free Money. A great read to help get you thinking about possible solutions!
Hope this helps! What tips or tricks have you found helpful in managing finances through the gauntlet of ADHD?
Jesse J. Anderson
P.S. I'm guesting on a live podcast with Unconventional Organisation tomorrow (Wed Feb 7) at 2pm PT / 5pm ET. You can sign up at this link and join us and ask your questions live!
I've been squeezing in a few podcast guest appearances when I can, and several episodes just recently released!
- ADHD Kids Can Thrive podcast
'Extra Focus' with ADHD Jesse J Anderson
- Mind Love
Unlocking the Powers of your ADHD Brain: Adult Strategies for Focus, Motivation, and Emotional Regulation with Jesse Anderson
- Wander with Monica Lim
Jesse Anderson: Navigating ADHD with Creativity and Passion