I think it’s a big problem in today’s (US) public education system that we don’t teach personal financial basics in school anymore.
When I got married a few years ago, my wife and I, in our mid-30’s realized that we had no financial education except the lessons we had learned from our own past mistakes… and those can be expensive.
No one is going to beat your door down or drag you to a class to teach you how to handle money.
You must seek out your own financial education if you wish to learn.
The problem is most people don’t know where to start.
Well.. the personalfinance subreddit is a fantastic place to start. Aside from the posts you see from every day users, they have a profoundly robust wiki with tons of great information.
The PRIME DIRECTIVE is a great place to start if you’re just thinking, OKAY WHERE DO I START?
It even has a handy visual flow chart.
Personally I really like how they break down, BY AGE, what part of your financial life you should be focusing on at any given time.
Advice and Tips for Different Age-Ranges
Taken directly from the WIKI