Curious how your financial health checks out? Take this 10-question quiz to find out how you're doing, and whether you have room to improve.
1. How much do you spend each month, relative to your take-home pay?
a. I regularly spend more than I earn each month. (3 points)
b. I spend everything I make in a month. (2 points)
c. I usually spend less, but the difference is not significant. (1 point)
d. I always spend less than what I earn. (0 points)
a. Yes, and I make automatic contributions. (3 points)
b. Yes, I have a savings account with a fixed amount of money. (2 points)
c. I have a savings account, but the balance is low. (1 point)
d. No, I don't have a savings account. (0 points)
3. Do you pay off your entire credit card balance every month?
a. Yes, always. (3 points)
b. Yes, most of the time. (2 points)
c. Usually. (1 point)
d. I often or always carry over a balance. (0 points)
4. How large is your emergency savings fund?
a. Enough to cover six months of living expenses. (3 points)
b. Enough to cover three to six months of living expenses. (2 points)
c. Enough to cover one to three months of living expenses. (1 point)
d. I don't have an emergency fund. (0 points)
5. Do you regularly budget and track your spending?
a. Yes—I set a monthly budget and track spending for each category. (3 points)
b. I use a budget, but I don't use tracking. (2 points)
c. I don't use budgeting or tracking tools to monitor my spending. (0 points)
6. How successful are you at sticking to your budget?
a. Very successful. I always stay under-budget. (3 points)
b. I go over my budgeted amount in certain categories, but I generally stick to my budget. (2 points)
c. It depends on the month. (1 point)
d. I either never meet my budgeted goals, or I don't use a budget. (0 points)
7. Are you making contributions to an employer-sponsored retirement fund?
a. Yes, I contribute the maximum amount. (3 points)
b. Yes, I make a contribution with each paycheck. (2 points)
c. I have a 401(k) or other retirement plan, but I don't make consistent contributions. (1 point)
d. I don't have an employer-sponsored retirement plan. (0 points)
8. Other than an employer-sponsored retirement fund, do you have any other investments? (Roth IRA, stocks, bonds, money market account, etc.)
a. Yes, I have multiple investment funds/accounts. (3 points)
b. I have another investment fund outside of a 401(k). (2 points)
c. I do not have any other investments. (0 points)
9. What is your current debt utilization ratio (in other words, how much of your credit limits have you used)?
a. Over 30 percent. (1 point)
b. Between 10 and 30 percent. (2 points)
c. Under 10 percent. (3 points)
d. I have no idea. (0 points)
10. What is your current credit score?
a. Under 670. (0 points)
b. Between 670-739. (1 point)
c. Between 740-799. (2 points)
d. Between 800-850 points. (3 points)
(23-30 points) Congrats—your financial health is in great shape!
You're doing most of the things that build toward long-term financial security. You might want to speak with a financial expert about whether it's time to revise your financial goals and savings strategies based on this success.
(15-22 points) Your finances are in good shape, but there's room for improvement.
While you generally demonstrate the habits that promote long-term financial health, there are still steps you can take to improve that health and stability even more.
(0-14 points) You might want to reconsider your approach to financial health.
Based on your answers, you might need some additional guidance to instill the right habits that promote a healthy financial outlook. But don't worry! Expert advice is just around the corner.
No matter how strong your financial health may be, it can be helpful to gear your financial goals toward addressing potential weaknesses and improving your stability and security even further. Remember, excellent financial health brings peace of mind and the ability to pursue bigger and exciting financial goals.
If you're looking for professional guidance or financial products that can help you improve your financial health, contact your local credit union today.