I came into quite a bit of money at the very beginning of my twenties, after selling a relatively popular website. This meant that I had spent my teens making more money than any teen should have access to, and topped it all off with a large windfall. A tried and tested recipe for financial ruin.
It thankfully didn't go that badly, but I spent my years as a student with absolutely no regard for money and the value of it. And when all that extra money ran out, I worked enough on the side to make sure that I could continue not thinking about money very much. Towards the end of my studies, I realised that what I thought was "not thinking about money" was instead "working hard, wasting hard, still being broke at the end of the month."
I didn't like that feeling, and I met a girl, and I wanted another sort of freedom: The freedom of not having to worry about whether or not there's enough money in the bank at the end of the month. I did what I do best, which was turn to the internet for advice. Here, I learned the mind-boggling truth that to control the stated of your finances, you have to control the spending, and the rest is history. Well not really, as I'm nowhere near where I want to be after learning all that I have for the past few years. But I am at that place where I wanted to be when I took my first steps towards more freedom, and that's a victory I allow myself to enjoy as often as I can