People with ADHD-related conditions often make spontaneous purchases that are unneeded and may hurt their budget. This is because ADHD often makes people hyper focused on present impulses and desires and makes it difficult for those with the disorder to put off immediate gratification for future needs. One study revealed that adults with ADHD impacts finances, as people with ADHD are more likely to use payday loans, pawn shops, pay late fees, and get bank overdrafts. Impulsive shopping can run up a credit card balance very quickly or deplete a savings account to keep it from growing. The researchers found a link between ADHD and ‘present bias’, which is a preference from smaller, short term benefits over larger, long term benefits.
Many people with ADHD joke about the “ADHD tax,” which often takes the form of late fees and fines for things like overdue library books or overdraft fees. If you struggle with ADHD, financial difficulty can make it hard to plan for the future, and the inability to save often carries with it feelings of failure, regret, laziness, and low self-esteem. Therefore, it is important to understand that these issues stem from a mental disorder, not personal failing. The following ADHD finance tips may help you to spend less and save more.

Budget Realistically

Don’t try to limit your monthly spending too stringently, or you might consciously or subconsciously rebel and go on a spending spree. Set a realistic budget that gives you spending money for a few frivolous purchases. Then follow your budget conscientiously to pay bills on time without frequent overspending. Remember to include monthly expenses in your budget along with occasional expenses, like holiday gifts or vacation plans.

Save Automatically

Set up a direct deposit bank account that takes a certain amount from each paycheck and puts it into a savings account. Your regular paycheck earnings can be applied to your monthly budget, and you will never miss the amount that goes toward savings. In addition, plan to deposit other income like a tax return, gift money, rebate checks, or a salary increase to savings. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how fast your savings grow.

Shop Preparedly

Avoid window shopping and random buying. Plan your shopping trips and take just the money or credit you need to make the necessary purchases. Stick to your budget, and if an unexpected item becomes necessary, as when a tool breaks and you need a replacement, try to wait and work it into next month’s budget or use an emergency fund. If it can’t wait, buy it now, and repay that amount from your next paycheck to avoid tapping out your savings.

Set Financial Goals

To maintain your budget or reduce it so that you can save more, plan your spending for the next year or two. Get an idea of how much money per month you can spend as well as how much you want to save. When you have a specific purpose for the savings, such as a down payment on your next car or college tuition, you may find it easier to save rather than just building up money without a specific use in mind.

Prepay Credit Purchases

Get a prepaid bank card with a small amount of available credit for emergencies or planned purchases. Don’t take other credit cards or money with you when you shop so that your spending can necessarily be restricted.
Measures like these can give you greater control over your finances. Stop spending and start saving to enjoy your income more fully.

Author's Bio: 

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan