Could Financial Stress Be Ruining Your Life?

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

CouldDo you ever feel like you are the only one out there that is financially stressed? A lot of people don’t talk about finances outside their out home, so it’s easy to think that way.  But it’s not true.  Look at these stats:

  • Over 70% of Americans are financially stressed
  • 12% of Americans skip going to the doctor because of financial concerns
  • 80% of people admitted that their personal finances keep them awake at night
  • 21% of couples who rate their financial stress as at least “somewhat high” are arguing more
  • 32% of adults say their finances keep them from living a healthy lifestyle

Whoa… that’s crazy, right? 70% of us are stressed out because of personal finance. At least we know we are in good company, right?  Sort of… I guess.

It would be much better for us all to take control than to let these concerns rule our lives.

I get it, though.

There was a time, in my not so distant past, in which over the course of a year my husband and I lost both of our businesses and accrued about $80,000 in debt because at the same time we were doing a house addition.

Yeah.  $80,000 in debt… talk about stressful.

And when there is no money coming in to pay it off it can definitely keep you up at night (I know it did me).

To compound this issue during this same time we were matched for adoption for two girls in foster care.  So not only were we $80,000 debt, with no jobs now we were parents to children with trauma backgrounds.

Woah.  I look back on it and wonder how we got through.

I remember one day sitting don’t with my husband and figuring out what we could cut in the budget. And you know what… there was A LOT of “fat”.  We had to go deeper with the cuts eventually (before he finally got the great job he still has) but to be honest, there were SO many extras that were not that big of a deal, like cutting cable and getting an antenna (which to this day we still do) saved us $600 a year.

Now our situation was extreme (and stressful within itself), but even without all that finances can still be stress inducing and they don’t have to be. It can be as easy as taking a single step toward toward financial well-being.  After you take that one step, the next (and next) is a bit easier.


Suntrust wants to change this problem by giving your resources, tips, and tools you need to feel confident and in control of your finances through their new program called the onUp Movement.

To get started you can take the pledge to join the onUp Movement to take charge financially, then you’ll be prompted to set a goal. Make it big. Make it small. Whatever you feel is realistic for you.

Then you can take their “Mental Wealth Quiz” to give you specific actions, tools and tips tailored to your needs.

And to make the whole think more fun you can make own version of their Big Game spot using images from Facebook.  Then you can share it on social media.

This is SUCH a great program. I love that they not only are giving you tools and tips for success, but are also making it fun.

Join the onUp movement

And tell us how financial stress has effected your life in the comments below.

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.

The onUp movement was created to guide millions of people one step at a time towards a more financially confident life without ever losing sight of the moments that matter along the way.

Join the growing number of people transforming their stress into positive motivation to move onUp.

Join the movement

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

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