In various publications, millennials have been portrayed as the black sheep generation. Though it is true that there are a lot of things that millennials should learn from previous generations, there are still some things that the older generations can learn from the new batch as well.

Being technology advocates is already a given. How about money? What are the money habits that previous generations can learn from this new breed?

Financially smart millennials know how to handle their money properly. Here are their top money habits.

Financially smart millennials keep track of their expenses

According to studies by T. Row Price, 75% of millennials keep track of their expenses compared to 64% of baby boomers. Not only that – 67% of millennials adhere to a specific budget while only 55% of baby boomers do so.

Millennials also take time to record their budget and expenses with the use of technology. They use mobile applications or Excel sheets to track their wallet. Some go for the old school way and actually keep tiny notebooks in their pockets.

Financially smart millennials have a retirement plan

Even if the older generations are putting more money into retirement because of their higher salaries, millennials are catching up because they started investing early. Financially smart millennials prioritize paying off debt and putting something into their retirement plans.

Also, financially smart millennials are open to being educated about money. 58% of millennials are open to learning from professionals and authorities to handle their money for retirement better, compared to 24% of baby boomers.

It is easier for millennials to live within their means just so they can invest money for their retirement. 88% do so while only 67% Baby Boomers can do the same.

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Financially smart millennials talk about money

Millennials are straight-forward and upfront about talking about their financial status with others – whether it’s about debt, salaries, or credit scores.

Studies show that 98% of 25-29-year-old millennials have already discussed their finances with their partners – the highest result of any group included in the survey.

Given that money is the cause of problems in work and life, millennials being transparent about money needs to be passed down to the next generations. This is a trait that can make or break relationships and family ties. Transparency and communication can solve a lot of problems in work and in relationships.

Financially smart millennials spend money on experiences over material things, but only after increasing their income for more savings

Financially smart millennials cover the basics then spend money on experiences. Experiences can range from travelling to taking their mom to dinner. However, financially smart millennials do not spend all of their money just to book flight tickets and post pictures on Instagram. They only choose to go for experience once they answer their basics and as long as they can save at least 40% of their income.

Financially smart millennials leverage technology to manage their money and to increase their income

Apps about everything are up for grabs. Millennials utilise their love for technology and use budgeting and banking apps to save and invest. There are even apps that will help you pay back friends you borrowed money from.

Aside from managing money, millennials also use technology to earn. With a few clicks with eBay, they can easily earn cash from selling items they do not use anymore. They can also provide their services online. Millennials use freelancing websites to get clients as freelance writers and editors to earn while at home. They value their time and know that with a little bit of hard work working from home can be a more effective and efficient way of earning. With the use of the internet, millennials easily connect to people all over the world. It’s not a stranger’s world for them. Millennials can easily build a blog and start their portfolio to share their talents to the rest of the world.

Financially smart millennials would rather learn than be entertained

In a time where free movies and TV series can be accessed with a few clicks, financially smart millennials decide to spend time reading books or attending seminars to learn more about what they are passionate about and how to handle their money well.

These are only some of the habits that financially smart millennials do. Surely, there are still a lot of things this young generation should learn, but previous and coming generations can learn a thing or two from them as well.

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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva



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