I am NOT good at it. I am, in fact, terrible at it. I mean I cook okay, I’m great at home improvement and handyman stuff. But to me that’s not adulting. I was painting rooms and fixing toilets that don’t stop running as a tween. I started learning to cook in high school because my mom was sick of making stuff for me.
I learned to balance my checkbook in high school, too. But in high school, I didn’t really have expenses except what I felt like buying, so it was easy and boring and I stopped doing it.
For a decade and change I have had actual bills. I have never gotten the hang of tracking them and my paychecks so everything gets paid on time. I tried using Quicken. I’ve tried using Mint. I’ve tried homebrew spreadsheets, which actually worked pretty well if I remembered to do them at the end of the month for the next month, but I was terrible at remembering to do that. Now I’m trying another homebrew method: google calendar. I have a calendar dedicated to bills and paychecks. I just finished setting it up. I will report back how it works out. Fingers crossed it does. My debts could have endangered my security clearance. Happily they didn’t, and I have a start date for a new position within my company! Yay!