J.D. breaks it down how he–a long time gamer–turned personal finance into a game. It’s kind of fascinating, really.
Think of your favorite games — especially video games. What makes them fun? What makes you want to play again? How can these elements be extracted from game design and used in real life? In this case, for promoting smart personal finance?
At first, I thought the idea sounded silly. But I quickly realized that I’ve subconsciously been using game design principles to help me cut spending, boost income, get out of debt, and build wealth. My own approach to money management has been game-based for the past seven years, but I haven’t realized it until now.