Popular Mechanics created a list of 100 Skills Every man Should Know , which naturally gravitated towards DIY/physical skills like jump starting a car and split firewood. The Frisky listed 30 Skills Every Woman Should Have Before Turning 30 , which actually touched on more than physical skills (though #12 is physical :)), with a handful of financial skills (#17 – #20).
This isn’t a checklist of things you need to necessarily do in your life, it’s just a list of things that you should know how to do (in case the need arises).
- Open a checking and savings account.
- Deposit checks into an ATM.
- Manage into your bank account online.
- Establish a Certificate of Deposit Ladder .
- Pay your bills online.
- Open an online savings account .
- Link bank accounts using ABA Routing and bank account numbers.
- Request and review your free annual credit report .
- Contest errors or inaccuracies on your credit history.
- Apply for a loan (car loan, mortgage).
- Get a bank or credit card fee waived.
- Get a document notarized (or signature guaranteed).
- Exchange currency.
- Open a Roth IRA.
- Open a brokerage account.
- Rollover your 401(k) to a Rollover IRA.
- Request a hardship loan against your 401(k).
- Re-balance your investment portfolio.
- Read a stock chart.
- Read a mutual fund prospectus.
- Buy stocks, bonds, ETFs or mutual funds.
- Buying Treasury bonds at a bank and/or through Treasury Direct.
- Read (and understand) a company’s annual report (including the financial sections).
- Day trade. 🙂
- Prepare your taxes (using software is OK)
- How marginal tax brackets work. 
- Handle an IRS audit.
- Request an tax filing extension.
- Pay estimated quarterly taxes.
- Amend a tax return.
- Legally shelter income from taxes.
- Create and track a budget.
- Establish an emergency fund.
- Comparison shop.
- Sell something online. (eBay, Craigslist)
- Mail in a rebate (and then get on them when they try to screw you).
- Bribe someone  (besides a member of law enforcement!).
- Buy adequate insurance (car, life, home/renters).
- Negotiate with a vendor.
- Threaten to cancel a service to get them to lower your rate.
- Negotiate your salary, pay raise, or benefits.
- Apply for a passport.
- Bid in an auction.
- Barter for goods and services.
- Prepare a Last Will and Testament.
- Prepare a Medical Directive.
- Be Executor of an estate.
- Assume Power of Attorney.
- Work with a Funeral Home/Mortuary.
Banking & Credit
Living & Spending
End of Life
Finally, the last financial skills you need to learn and do, and this is a bonus pair, is how to register to vote and then vote. Who gets into office, at any level, has a huge impact on your finances.
Are there any that I missed? (I’m sure there are)