The 5 Money Personality Types 😎

Which one are you? Knowing your money personality is a big step in gaining a foothold over your finances. Each has it's own strengths and weaknesses.

Greetings, and welcome to the twelfth edition of Wallet Wellness in 2024 - your midweek source of practical financial tips to elevate your money management skills!

We hope you had a chance to check out the last edition where we discussed ways to recover from a job loss or drop in income. In today’s edition we are asking, do you know your money personality? Cause your money personality type greatly impacts your finances.

As always, be sure to check out the Concept Corner below for a deep dive into the money concept of the week.

Let’s dive in!


5 Money Personality Types: Which One Are You?

Just as everyone has unique behaviours and patterns that define their personality, we all also have distinct approaches and emotional responses to money that influence how we handle finances.

Whether you're naturally inclined to save or more prone to spontaneous spending, understanding your money personality can empower you to make wiser financial choices.

While your money personality may not be easily changed since it is shaped by your individual life experiences, understanding it can be invaluable in managing your finances. 

By recognizing your tendencies, you can tailor your approach to money management, helping you to pursue your financial goals with greater success.

Ready to unravel your money personality? Let's get to it! 

1. The Big Spender (The Peacock) 🦚

This money personality is characterised by a love for lavish purchases, indulging in luxury items, and often splurging on gifts for others, with a desire to flaunt wealth and status.

They enjoy spending money on experiences and possessions, often finding it challenging to stick to a budget or save for the future, with impulse purchases and immediate gratification being common traits.

  • “Enjoyment” of Life: Big spenders often experience a high level of enjoyment and satisfaction from their purchases, leading to a more fulfilling lifestyle while living in the moment.

  • Financial Instability: Big spenders may struggle with financial stability due to overspending and accumulating debt, leading to stress and uncertainty about the future.

2. The Saver (The Squirrel) 🐿️

It is marked by disciplined spending habits and a commitment to prioritising saving over immediate indulgence, akin to squirrel behaviour in diligently storing for the future. 

Savers diligently work towards financial goals, such as building emergency funds and investing for long-term security, often exhibiting frugality and risk aversion in their financial decisions.

  • Financial Security: Savers are more likely to have a solid financial foundation, including emergency funds and savings for future goals, providing a sense of security.

  • Missed Opportunities: Being overly focused on saving can lead to missed opportunities for enjoyment or experiences that require spending money.

3. The Avoiders (The Ostrich) 🦩

This describes individuals who tend to procrastinate or avoid dealing with their finances, just like ostriches burying their heads in the sand when it comes to financial matters. 

They may feel overwhelmed or anxious about money matters, choosing to ignore them rather than confront them directly. This behaviour can lead to a lack of financial awareness and potential challenges in the future. 

  • ‘Reduced Stress’: Avoiders may experience less immediate stress by avoiding financial matters that cause them anxiety. Read More

  • Financial Consequences: Avoiding financial decisions can lead to missed opportunities for savings and investments, as well as potential debt or financial instability in the long run.

4. The Debtors (The Sloth) 🦥 

These are people who consistently carry debt or live beyond their means by relying on borrowed money to finance their lifestyle. These individuals prioritise immediate gratification over long-term financial stability, leading to a cycle of accumulating debt

Debtors may struggle to manage their finances effectively, facing challenges such as high-interest payments, financial stress, and difficulty achieving financial goals.

  • Immediate Gratification: Debtors may experience a sense of immediate gratification from their purchases, which can lead to temporary satisfaction. Read More.

  • Financial Stress and Anxiety: Accumulating debt can lead to significant stress and anxiety about finances, impacting overall well-being.

  • Long-Term Financial Instability: Prioritising immediate gratification over long-term financial stability can result in a cycle of debt accumulation, making it challenging to achieve financial goals and build wealth. Read More.

5. The Investors (The Owl) 🦉

This describes individuals who aim to grow their wealth by investing in among others, stocks, bonds, real estate, or mutual funds. Read More.

They are willing to take risks for higher returns, keen and focused on thorough research and financial planning. Investors aim to diversify their portfolios to reduce risks and achieve long-term financial goals.

  • Potential for High Returns: Investing offers the potential for higher returns compared to traditional savings accounts or other low-risk investments, allowing individuals to grow their wealth more rapidly.

  • Risk of Loss: Investing involves risks, including the possibility of losing money, especially in volatile markets, which can be a significant downside for investors.

Understanding your money personality is like peering into a mirror reflecting your financial habits and tendencies.

Whether you resonate with the thrill of the Big Spender, the prudence of the Saver, the avoidance of the Avoider, the burden of the Debtor, or the foresight of the Investor, each archetype unveils a unique approach to managing money.

By identifying your money personality, you gain insight into your strengths and weaknesses, empowering you to navigate financial decisions with greater clarity and confidence

Acknowledge your money personality, for it is not a label but a roadmap to financial self-awareness and prosperity. 

Now, go forth and thrive!


Emergency Fund

An emergency fund is money that is put away to be used when one is in financial distress. It is a safety net that can be utilised to meet unanticipated expenses like sickness, unplanned travel, major car repairs or loss of income. It reduces the need for high-interest emergency loans. Learn more 

Money Confessions

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3 Budgeting Methods

To finance your most cherished life goals, you have to prudently manage your money no matter your personality type. And budgeting is the backbone of this process. In today’s MoneyTok, we take a look at three easy budgeting methods you can try. Watch the Video and Read More about budgeting methods here.


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That's it for the twelfth Wallet Wellness edition of 2024! We hope these financial tips have added some energy to your mid-week hustle. Stay tuned for more practical insights in our next edition of "Wallet Wellness" next week and watch out for Money Weekly on your inbox this Friday.

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Cheers to your wallet's well-being!

Money254 editorial team.


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