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Are you getting the most from your money? See how you compare to others here

From satisfaction with your savings to who your go-to is for financial advice.

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WHETHER YOU JUST try to keep from making impulse purchases at the checkout or you have a stringent budget that logs each item you buy, it can be tough to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your hard-earned money each month.

From our recent Money Mondays series, we learned that it’s easy to let hidden expenses creep in. (We also shared some advice on how to avoid it.) But are you getting the most from your money? And how do you compare to others nationwide?

Use our interactive slider ratings to answer each question and see where you stand. Here’s how it works – simply slide your finger to the number that best reflects your experience for each question. Once you choose your rating, you’ll get to see how you compare to the average reader.

First, let’s have a look at how things tend to go for you after pay-day – do you feel like you’re on track for your next big purchase? Do you give your money the wooden spoon treatment, as financial coach Aoife Gaffney advises?

Let us know using the interactive rating sliders below.

CHILD'S PLAY

Financial mentor Aoife Gaffney advised readers to ‘treat their money like a bold child’ by setting boundaries for what you can or can’t do. How strongly does this reflect your approach?

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SAVING TIME

How satisfied are you with your saving habits, 10 being very satisfied?

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Let’s take a look at your money habits day-to-day – do you tend to get hit with charges for bounced standing orders? And how do you feel about the way your bank looks after your money? Tell us below.

TAKE CHARGE

How aware would you tend to be of the bank charges you pay each month, 10 being very aware?

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BANK ON IT

How strongly do you feel like your bank looks after you, 10 being very strongly?

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Lastly, let’s have a look at how your approach saving for the future – have you a vague plan in place, or do a very concrete one month-to-month? Do you have a sibling or friend who’s brilliant for savings advice? Prefer to hear from a professional? Let us know below.

GAME PLAN

How strongly do you feel like you have a financial plan for the next few years, 10 being very strongly?

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FRIEND IN NEED

How likely would you be to go to friends and family for advice about money, 10 being very likely?

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SAGE ADVICE

How likely would you be to go to a professional for advice about money, 10 being very likely?

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So how did you compare? Did these questions give you a fresh perspective on making your money work for you? To read more on this subject, click here

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