Most women can add up the savings they will make at the half-yearly sales but when it comes to balancing the family’s finances, they will gladly throw their hands up and leave it to their partner.
But a mother-of-two and business owner from Young said women should have a sound knowledge of how to run the home as a wife, mother and financier.
Chontelle Perrin has two sons and has run her own photography business for seven years.
She soon realised there was more to running a business than marketing her skill set.
“Women tend to focus on the pretty parts of running a business rather than the necessary stuff,” she said.
She was forced into a position where she had to learn about bookkeeping, taxes, income and output.
Miss Perrin now handles the finances in the home, for her business and maintains the books for the property her partner works on and the family farm.
“The day-to-day running of things is my domain,” she said.
Miss Perrin knows the merits of being financially aware and is encouraging other women to jump on board.
“It’s empowering for women because traditionally it’s been a bit of a man’s domain,” she said.
“But it’s such an important skill to have.”
She has enrolled in 10thousandgirl’s Better Money Management workshop, which will be in Young on August 29.
Founder Zoe Lamont noticed that money skills are interwoven in all facets of our life but there is not much education about it.
She said the younger women learn these skills, the better set up they will be to make sound financial decisions their entire life.
“Women are hungry for knowledge,” she said.
“The younger we can think about setting ourselves up for retirement, the better.
“To use time on your side as a young person, you could set yourself up for life.”
Ms Lamont wants to give regional women access to the same services women in the city have.
The workshop will be held on August 29 from 10am to 4pm at the Young Services Club.
Register your interest at 10thousandgirl.com.
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