When I was younger, my dad was always trying to teach me the value of money but he never really succeeded and it took a series of monetary mishaps before I even started to learn any of the lessons that he had been trying to teach me!
Once I realized that I had been horribly mismanaging my finances, a painful lesson to learn, especially on the back of a redundancy, I began to do some research to find out exactly where I had gone wrong and what I could do to put things right.
It was at this point that it occurred to me that I knew absolutely nothing about personal finance and I couldnâ€™t tell an ISA from a current account.
I also began to wonder if I had been taught these lessons at an early age then would I have made better financial decisions once I started earning?
For example, my outlook on personal finance was all about borrowing and not saving and I had no idea what my credit score was or how it wasÂ calculated.
Had I known that it could be affected by simply being close to the limits on my current lending streams or by applying for more credit then I may not have been so quick to spend on credit cards.
Although this was not a problem during the credit boom, when offers of guaranteed credit seemed to drop through my door on a daily basis, it has become something of an issue since the credit crunch.
Of course, just knowing the pitfalls of financial mismanagement is no guarantee that I would have done things any differently but it certainly would have made me think about the decisions I was making and the impact they would have in the long run.
All of which led me wonder whether should schools give students (or pupils if youâ€™re in the UK) lessons in personal finance.
I think it would be a great idea as this would be something that everyone, no matter what their level of academic ability, could take with them into the real world.
And it could be the case that a school in the US is one step ahead of the rest as they already have money management lessons as part of the curriculum.
Burbank High School inÂ SacramentoÂ is offering students lessons in personal finance as part of National Financial Literacy Month in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of good practice in personal finance.
The lessons covered personal finance topics such as budgeting, saving and needs vs. wants and placed them into real life scenarios that would resonate with the students, such as estimating how much the senior prom will cost and ways to save and pay for it.
Students were also encouraged to put a portion of any weekly earnings or allowance into a savings account to teach them the importance of saving for the future from an early age.
I think that these were the values that my dad was trying to instill in me from an early age but I failed to take any notice.
I now have two sons that I have to try and keep from making the same mistakes that I made, so any help I can get will be greatly appreciatedâ€¦hereâ€™s to future school pupils focusing on personal finance!
Article written by Â Moneysupermarket.com