In the past, cash was used for almost all daily purchases. However, in today’s society it is rarely used, especially not by young people. The way we buy things as a society has also changed, with online shopping the norm for many people often accompanied by “buy now pay later deals”, thus creating ample opportunities to use and overextend credit – an all-too-easy way to accumulate debt, and fast.
At the same time credit card companies, banks, and other financial organisations are inundating consumers with opportunities to borrow money including the ability to apply for credit cards or pay off one card with another – and without the proper knowledge or checks and balances, it is made so easy.
With many adult consumers having had very little education to help them understand how financial products make money, how credit works, or the potential long term impact on their financial well- being making mistakes can have, it is easy to see why this is becoming a problem for more and more young people.
Combine the impact of this lack of understanding with being unable to get access to the regular banking system, having to find an alternative way to bank your money, or pay bills without being caught out by onerous fees and account conditions, and it is easy to see how this can be overwhelming to some.
Financial education if not learnt early can have a life long impact on a person and as such, we put particular emphasis on financial education and promoting initiatives that support financial inclusion.