Finding Your Financial Confidence

*This is a sponsored post by Sun Trust Bank; all opinions are my own.

Interviewing for a job can be excruciating. Between preparing, actually going on the interview and then waiting for a call back, the uncertainty is enough to drive you nuts. About 14 years ago, I remember interviewing for a job I wanted more than life itself. This job was perfect because it was at a great company doing what I loved and was only ten minutes away from my house. Perfect in every way! Because I wanted the job so badly, I made sure I was prepared. This helped to build my confidence as I went for the interview. From what I could gather, it went well. After what felt like an eternity, (it was really only a week), I received a call back with an offer! At that moment my confidence soared through the roof. It’s an amazing feeling when you accomplish something you wanted so much. It makes you realize you can truly do anything you put your mind to doing.

A big part of accepting a new job is accepting the salary that goes along with it. You have to feel financially confident that you can support yourself and your family. Before landing my “dream job”, I turned down other offers because the salary was too low. I think being financially confident means you are aware of how much money you need not only for the necessities of life, but also hopefully for a few extras along the way. Securing those extras, even just a few, is harder and harder these days.  Everywhere you turn it seems people are losing their jobs. The ones who are fortunate enough to have a job often take on extra side work just to provide for their families.

That’s why it’s important to have a game plan when it comes to gaining the financial confidence you deserve. I think that’s something we all continue to strive for at different levels. One big step is knowing your budget. This prevents you from spending beyond your means. Once you know what you can and cannot afford, I think it’s important to figure out how you can save money. Whether it’s couponing or shopping sales only, we can all find ways to cut corners. This money you save from cutting corners should be put into a savings account because it’s always important to have a financial cushion to fall back on.

Sun Trust Bank can help you gain financial confidence with its onUp Movement. This movement is aimed at inspiring us all to take steps to find our own financial confidence. They can provide you with money management tips to help get you out of the red and into the black. You can also take the mental wealth quiz to see where your financial stability lies.

Money management and financial confidence is something that is a continuous work in progress. Being open to ideas and tips is one major step forward that you can take when it comes to finding your financial confidence.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

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