'How did I score on the BBC Big Money Test? –I'm motivated by security' blog

edited 15 April 2011 at 1:29PM in Martin's Blogs & Appearances & MoneySavingExpert in the News
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  • jamesdjamesd Forumite
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    I will not do this test as the BBC wishes me to register
    My initial reaction was the same as yours: registration requirement => close the browser window.

    Disposable email addresses are good for this sort of thing. Give a reasonably accurate date of birth or age because that might be used for analysis of the results, but no need for it to be right - mine wasn't.
  • Fun test Martin :) My result mirrored his exactly on the Money Liability and Money Emotion which was a little weird. I only got 8 for the knowledge test though and my main motivator was Freedom at 19/20 :).

    Not too many shocks overall as I've been an avid follower of this site for nearly a year and it's already sorted out most of my money weakness. I'm still a little slack at keeping exact track of my money but at least I look at my bankstatements and credit card bills at least once couple of times a month when I work out my spending for the diary - unheard of a year ago!
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  • LostTheMarblesLostTheMarbles Forumite
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    Money Management
    Making Ends Meet – High 19/20
    Keeping track – Medium 11/20
    Planning ahead – High 19/20
    Choosing products – High 19/20
    Staying informed – Medium 15/20

    Money Motivation
    Love 10/20
    Freedom 12/20
    Security 14/20 - Main Motivator
    Power 9/20

    Money Liability
    Neither Spender or Miser
    Miser rating 2/6
    Spender rating 0/6

    Money Emotion
    Impulse Shopping 9/25
    Avoidance 9/15
    Vigilance 10/15

    Money Knowledge
    4/10

    It seems I'm all around boring, I don't like spending money, I just save for the sake of saving.

    I don't really keep track of my money unless I know I'm near a limit, this is generally after I've emptied my current account into one of my savings accounts.
  • edited 18 April 2011 at 4:57PM
    tgroom57tgroom57 Forumite
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    edited 18 April 2011 at 4:57PM
    I would have loved to see my results, but the Big Money Test 'timed out' on me at step 9 and now won't let me back in. :(

    Now I can see results. I won't bore you with the details.
    A bit of fine tuning wouldn't go amiss: the test assumes one is in regular employment- perhaps those are the only people that count. A couple of questions did not offer an appropriate response for someone unemployed on a skin-tight budget with no credit facilities or savings to fall back on.
  • I got to the start of section 9 and the page went back to section 1 so I just wasted 20 minutes of my life over a worthless programme
  • HappyMJHappyMJ Forumite
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    tgroom57 wrote: »
    I would have loved to see my results, but the Big Money Test 'timed out' on me at step 9 and now won't let me back in. :(

    Now I can see results. I won't bore you with the details.
    A bit of fine tuning wouldn't go amiss: the test assumes one is in regular employment- perhaps those are the only people that count. A couple of questions did not offer an appropriate response for someone unemployed on a skin-tight budget with no credit facilities or savings to fall back on.
    Exactly it tells me I am a miser!!! I am due to circumstances of not earning enough. So I must spend less on what everyone else considers essentials. I don't pay tax so have no idea about ISA's so got that question wrong so 9/10 for knowledge. My main motivation is Security.

    Not sure what it really tells me apart from what I already know. I avoid debt spend less than what comes in, have a general idea about what's in the bank but my guess is only accurate to £500. I'd have to look to see what I have exactly.

    Money Management
    Making Ends Meet – High 20/20
    Keeping track – Medium 14/20
    Planning ahead – High 19/20
    Choosing products – High 20/20
    Staying informed – Medium 16/20

    Money Motivation
    Love 11/20
    Freedom 10/20
    Security 20/20 - Main Motivator
    Power 14/20

    Money Liability
    Miser
    Miser rating 5/6
    Spender rating 1/6

    Money Emotion
    Impulse Shopping 8/25
    Avoidance 7/15
    Vigilance 12/15

    Money Knowledge
    9/10
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  • kkgree1kkgree1 Forumite
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    Money Management
    Making Ends Meet – High 20/20
    Keeping track – High 19/20
    Planning ahead – High 18/20
    Choosing products – High 18/20
    Staying informed – High 20/20

    Money Motivation
    Freedom!
    Love 10/20
    Freedom 13/20
    Security 13/20
    Power 11/20

    Money Liability
    Spender!
    Miser rating 1/6
    Spender rating 3/6

    Money Emotion
    Impulse Shopping 8/25
    Avoidance 13/15
    Vigilance 10/15

    Money Knowledge
    8/10 (misread 1 question)
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  • earthmotherearthmother Forumite
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    Money Management
    Making Ends Meet – Low 12/20
    Keeping track – High 20/20
    Planning ahead – Low 9/20
    Choosing products – High 18/20
    Staying informed – High 18/20

    I thought a couple of the money management questions were a bit skewed/leading in that they assumed all participants had credit/'spare' funds available to them allowing overspends and savings, hence my two low scores, but I can see where it's coming from even if it's not entirely accurate.


    Money Motivation
    Love 11/20
    Freedom 12/20
    Security 10/20
    Power 4/20

    Money Liability
    Overall neither a spender or a miser
    Miser rating 2/6
    Spender rating 2/6

    Money Emotion
    Impulse Shopping 11/25
    Avoidance 7/15
    Vigilance 13/15

    Money Knowledge
    6/10
    The questions that applied to me I got right, the ones that didn't apply (ISAs and foreign travel) were the ones I got wrong (should I ever need that info, I'll research and get it right) - so I'm happy enough.
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  • Money Management
    Making Ends Meet – High 19/20
    Keeping track – Medium 14/20
    Planning ahead – High 19/20
    Choosing products – High 18/20
    Staying informed – High 18/20



    Money Motivation
    Love 11/20
    Freedom 15/20
    Security 14/20
    Power 8/20

    Money Liability
    Miser rating 5/6
    Spender rating 3/6

    Money Emotion
    Impulse Shopping 8/25
    Avoidance 6/15
    Vigilance 13/15


    Money Knowledge
    10/10
    I only did the quiz on this site about a month ago & a lot of the questions are the same!! Don't think I would have done so well otherwise!!

    I would have liked it to have asked whether I had any credit cards/store cards instead of assuming in places. Very interesting to see the results when it's done!
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  • Your Money Managment
    Making Ends Meet – High - 19/20
    Keeping track – Medium - 15/20
    Planning ahead – High - 20/20
    Choosing products – High - 20/20
    Staying informed – Medium - 15/20

    Your Money Motivation
    Love 14/20
    Freedom 13/20
    Security 12/20
    Power 7/20

    Your Money Liability
    A spender and a miser!!!:eek:
    Miser rating 5/6
    Spender rating 5/6

    This is probably because I allow myself 'spending money' every month, to be spent on 'trivial' things! (make me happy)

    Your Money Emotion
    Impulse Shopping 23/25 (for reasons above I hope!!):p
    Avoidance 6/15
    Vigilance 9/15

    Your Money Knowledge
    8/10 - I normally get my travel money online so I knew that was the cheapest but little idea of what method would be the most expensive...
    Got the breakfast cereal question wrong too!
    Penny: I'm a little low on cash.
    Leonard: How much you got?
    Penny: Nothing!
    Leonard: How can you walk around with no money?
    Penny: I'm cute, I get by.
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