From the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation - Questions for a Money Autobiography, Pt 1 - April 2018

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. (Galatians 6:7)

From Writing a Money Autobiography by Dan Dick:

A money autobiography is a reflection process on the role and influence of money and material possessions in our life. It challenges us to explore the past to see how our attitudes, assumptions, and values concerning money and wealth were formed.

Formative Questions:

Reflect on these questions relating to how your family treated money when you were growing up:

  • What is your earliest memory of money?
  • What is your happiest memory in connection with money?
  • What is your unhappiest money memory?
  • What attitudes about money did your parents and other family members have?
  • Did you feel rich, poor, or neither growing up? Did you worry about money when you were a child? A teenager?
  • Where did your money come from? (Did you work for it, receive an allowance, have your parents buy you things, etc.?)
  • Who governed how you related to money – how you spent money, saved money, gave money to charity or church?

It is useful to create a money autobiography journal to record your thoughts, reflections, and feelings. Then, you can return to the money autobiography journal months and years afterward.

Jim Wells, Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation


Sue Koch