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Suze Orman for a new generation

For years, Suze Orman’s been encouraging her followers to be open and honest about their financial restrictions — especially with loved ones.

Most recently, Orman has been pushing parents to stop supporting their adult kids because it often cuts into their retirement savings. She told Moneywise in May 2023 she even gave parents a script for effectively loud budgeting their way out of paying for their kids:

“I am no longer your bank account! I'm getting to the point where I need my money to be able to support myself. You are old enough now to go out and figure it out. So don't come to me for money.”

Orman’s not the only money maven encouraging parents to put their needs before their children’s.

“It is irresponsible of a parent to not be 100% set up for retirement if they have kids, because then it forces them to be financially responsible for their parents,” YouTuber Caleb Hammer warned his viewers on his show.

Though it may seem cold to put your financial needs first, you’re really doing your kids a favor in the long-term. It’s like putting on your oxygen mask first: you have to take care of yourself first or you won’t be able to help anyone else.

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How to practice loud budgeting

Loud budgeting using the Orman playbook is easier said than done. However, Battle thinks his lighter approach to it should make it easier to practice.

“It was meant to be a funny idea that allows people to be financially transparent without feeling embarrassed,” he told Buzzfeed. “I think being honest and realistic about money should be considered stylish and cool.”

For instance, Battle doesn’t just say “I can’t afford to go out to dinner tonight.” He says: “Sorry, can’t go out to dinner, I’ve got $7 a day to live on.”

It may seem blunt, but there’s long been a shame associated with not having as much money as others. By addressing it directly with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor, Battle breezes right past any embarrassment — and makes it clear he’s prioritizing his own financial stability.

As debt levels continue to rise, embracing the concept of loud budgeting could help countless other Americans. There’s no need to come up with an excuse for why you’re not available if you can just honestly admit you don’t have the cash flow to dine out tonight.

So although loud budgeting might be a funny way to start taking your savings seriously, you may find you’re laughing all the way to the bank.

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Sabina Wex is a writer and podcast producer in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Business Insider, Fast Company, CBC and more.

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