Thread subject: The Dyscalculia Forum :: A Stunning Revelation
Posted by Ladyhawke on November 20 2011 01:03 AM
I don't do anything financial without calling my mom first, partly because I suck at numbers and she's much better with them, but also just because she's really, really good with money and I'm not. I have no concept of how much is going until it's already gone... so I definitely need her counsel on any important decision money-wise. She always tells me that I'd better marry someone who's good with money or I'm going to be screwed!
Amazingly, I'm excellent with money, but only because I don't earn very much anyway and it's easy to keep track of it. It's things like figuring out what interest I'll be paying on something or complicated math transactions I have trouble with.
Realizing that I have a math learning disability makes me understand now why I am such a control freak when it comes to handling what little money I do earn. I think I've always instinctively known that if I allowed it to get out of control, I'd never be able to figure it out, so I've always kept track of it.
My daughters, if they were so inclined, can certainly attest to all of you about the way I would write down what we had spent money on and as soon as I would get home I would do a "reconciliation" and keep an ongoing tab on what was coming in and what was going out. I was obssessive about it. Nowadays I don't keep as much track of it, but I'm on my own now so I don't usually spend that much money anyway and it's very easy to reconcile it at any given moment.
I am never without a calculator; and, I never leave home without making sure it's in my handbag. I guess we all learn to cope with our shortcomings in our own way and with what works best. :)