Acorns' Guide to Personal Finance
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Acorns' Guide to Personal Finance

5 Steps to Building Wealth: Budget Better, Pay Off Debt Faster, Save and Earn More Money and Invest Wisely
4.4 (2,972 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
23,969 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2018
English, French [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 21 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to calculate your net worth.
  • How to start a successful side hustle.
  • How to set goals—and build a budget that will help you reach them.
  • How to ask effectively for a raise or a better job offer.
  • How to pay off debt faster—and pay less in interest.
  • All the basics of investing in stocks and bonds.
  • How to cut your expenses without feeling the pinch.
  • How to build a low-maintenance portfolio that will help you build wealth.
  • How to save more money (101 ways!).
  • No prior knowledge or tools required. Just an interest in helping your hard-earned money grow!
  • For the exercises, you will want to have some of your financial info handy—like your take-home pay, how much debt you owe (student loans, credit cards, etc.) and how much you have in your savings, checking and investment accounts.

If you're ready to get your finances in shape, but aren't sure where to start, this is it! In under an hour, find out how to save, invest and earn more money, stop living paycheck to paycheck and make real progress toward the future you want.

Led by Jennifer Barrett, Chief Education Officer at Acorns, this basic course breaks down the what, when, how and why of personal finance to help you start building wealth—no matter how much money or financial knowledge you've got to start.

You’ll learn the basics of personal finance and get simple, on-the-go techniques and tools to help your money work as hard as you do. 

What’s the difference between this and other personal finance courses? We’re focused on methods that are easy and sustainable—not disruptive to your everyday life.

By the end of this course, you will have a clear sense of where you are financially, where you want to be—and how you’re going to get there. You’ll feel less stressed about money, and more confident about reaching your goals.

You’ll know: how to create a budget you can follow, pay debt off faster, save more money on everyday purchases and big-ticket expenses, ask for a raise, start a successful side hustle and invest wisely to build wealth. (Make sure to check out the downloadable action plans, worksheets and other resources, too, to get the full benefit of the course!)

Apply what you’ve learned and you should see a noticeable difference not just in your finances, but in your life.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn the basics of personal finance, pay off debt faster and start building wealth.
Course content
Expand all 32 lectures 46:33
+ Step One: Budget Better
7 lectures 07:39
What is net worth?
Calculate your net worth
How to set goals you'll actually reach
What is a budget?
The 50/20/30 Rule
End-of-section review
+ Step Three: Save More Money
4 lectures 03:46
Introduction: 5 simple spending hacks
How to cut your biggest expense
Other simple ways to save
End-of-section review
+ Step Four: Earn More Money
5 lectures 07:38
You're probably underpaid
The right way to ask for a raise
How to negotiate a better job offer
How to have a successful side hustle
End-of-section review
+ Step Five: Invest Successfully
10 lectures 16:08
What should you use a savings account for?
The #1 reason to invest
How compounding works for and against you
Where to invest your money
Stocks 101
What you should know about funds and fees
Bonds 101
What to know before you buy a home
End-of-section review