3.20.2012

Being the Oldest: A Birth Order Analysis

*Blush* I feel embarrassed. My blogger friend Daisy posted this like yesterday. Oops. Read her take!

After reading an article on How Birth Order Affects Your Finances, I was already intrigued. I'm into analyzing the heck out of everything whether it's relating to gender, age, horoscope, birth order, whatever!

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The article said some awesome things about firstborns that I can relate to:
  • Fierce responsibility
  • Most punctual about paying bills because they love to be seen as stable and dependable
  • They won't let financial details like payment due dates and unnecessary fees fall through the cracks
  • Phenomenally organized and keep their finances in order
  • Often have great credit scores
  • Being a perfectionist leads to burnout and giving up or setting unrealistic financial goals
I'm the oldest of 3. I have a 15-year-old brother and 12-year-old sister, and I'm 24. Yes we have the same mom and different dads but I consider my stepdad as a real father since he has raised me. And yes, my siblings think I'm ancient so there's that too. I can definitely relate to almost everything on this list. I have the dire need to prove myself to my parents and to show them that I'm not a failure. I've always been independent and have held a job since I was 15. I began by teaching hip-hop dancing classes and then moved on to various mall jobs. I now relate to everything but a few years ago, I was more of a "pay the minimum payment on the credit card and let it grow interest" type of person. I used to think credit card debt was a joke and that it was free money.


I'm sure most of you would also be categorized in the "firstborn" category rather than the middle/youngest/middle child categories below.

Middle Children:
  • Inventive, natural problem-solvers
  • Constantly moving debt around through cash advances and balance transfers
  • Secrecy - problem solving creates the need to cover up financial issues
Youngest:
  • Very social - prioritizing dinners, latte runs and trips to the mall over budgeting
  • Conditioned to rely on others
  • Problems learning how to value long-term saving over instant gratification
Only Child:
  • Seek approval from superiors and those older than them
  • Similar to firstborns - perfectionists 
  • Tries to impress people
Obviously this article is biased towards firstborns and since it's only based on one certified psychiatrist's opinions, I'd take this lightly.There are probably Barnes & Noble coupons available for books about birth order, so do your own research.

But do you think your birth order affects your financial habits? 

PS. Aren't these pictures so cute?! Click on the link to see more photography by their father. So adorable.

10 comments:

bogofdebt said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The funny part is that I'm an eldest and wasn't really fitting the "profile" until just a few short months ago.

The other part is that I was actually writing this post up (well except in my own words of course..or maybe I'm just good at reading your mind!) for sometime this week.

femmefrugality said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I saw a similar post over on AddVodka, too! It must be a popular article this week. I think I follow the oldest child birth order thing, but I think my younger sibling does, too. So we kind of break the rules.
Pictures are ADORABLE!

Newlyweds on a Budget said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm the oldest too and this describes me to a T! Whereas my husband is the youngest, and that describes him to a T!

shopping2saving said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Newlyweds on a Budget Hahaha I love how you called your hubby out.

Serendipity said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

At first I was like that doesn't describe as an only child, but I definitely seek approval and praise so perhaps it does. :)

inbudgetswetrust said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Huh... that's interesting! I'm the oldest of three siblings, and those characteristics seem to describe my sisters and me. I wasn't expecting that since my "middle" sister usually shows classic older sister behavior and tendencies.

Those are the cutest little photos in your post. Having photo shoots like that must be fun for them! :)

Frugal Fries said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am a total first born child through and through. My sister is the second and latest child, and that description pretty much sums up her approach too.

I feel a bit violated that these strangers know us so well.

shopping2saving said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Frugal Fries Hahahaha I feel violated too. I feel that way when I read my horoscope... like this --> *looks around* who has been stalking me?!

randomthoughtsandacronyms said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I totally fit the profile! Responsible, saver "have to pay the bills on time or it's the end of the world"!

blondeonabudget.ca said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh, hello. Are we the same person? I'm 26 and also have two younger siblings: 18 and 16. We have different dads, as well, but I've never known my biological dad and can't imagine life without my stepdad.

Anyway, as another first-born, I have to agree that I do/try to do everything in this profile. Sometimes I hate the pressure but then I remember I do it to myself! Oh well. Gotta love being the role model. ;)

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