Numbers play a big part in our lives
But many of us say we're not numbers people
We don't feel confident with maths and lack basic numeracy skills. That's what the National Numeracy charity is all about; helping you build your confidence and sharpen your numeracy skills.
From paying bills, to shopping, planning a journey, or even cooking - we use numbers every single day. But over 18 million of us lack the number skills to manage our money.
People in debt already feel overwhelmed with bills and confused by bank and credit card charges. If you also lack confidence with numbers, it can feel very disheartening. But just by getting a little help with our numbers, we can all improve our skills to get ahead.
Being better with numbers isn’t a special talent, it’s something we can all learn at any stage in our lives.
That’s why for National Numeracy Day 2019, we’re encouraging everyone in the UK to take one simple step towards better confidence with numbers by taking the National Numeracy Challenge.
Take the challenge
Get active about budgeting
Getting better with numbers doesn't need to feel like rocket science. It's something we can all learn. Everyone can improve, and everyone can feel more positive about their abilities. We've put together a list of ways in which having better numeracy skills can have a positive impact on your life and wellbeing.
Understand your monthly income and spending
It's easy to make mistakes working out how much money you have to spend each month when you're juggling regular monthly, yearly and weekly amounts going in and out. Some quick maths will give you a clearer picture.
Work out the real cost of interest rates
Do you really understand how the charges on your overdraft total up? Have you got a good grasp of what you'll owe on your credit card in a year's time if you're only making the minimum payments? You can't guess these amounts - you really do need to calculate them.
Boost your confidence
Just by knowing you've got the basic skills with numbers to keep track of the money you owe and have available to spend, you'll feel so much better about facing any issues that come up.
Find out more about how budgeting can help you get your finances back on track