Are you in a relationship? If you are, you know what it’s like to share your life with someone you love: your joys, your sorrows… and your money.
One of the biggest reasons for divorce (or breakups) is finances. I know you don’t want that to happen, so what can you do about it? Talk. Communication is the key to handling joint finances.
People have different ways of handling their finances. One person might be a saver who really values the money saved for future dreams and needs, while the other might be a spender who lives in the moment. If these two individuals become a couple, there can be disagreements about money that can escalate to divorce.
Take a minute to talk with each other about your money habits. It can be a really eye opening conversation. Really listen and try to understand the other person’s point of view. What did they learn about money growing up? What do they want right now? Where do they want to be in 1, 5, 10 years and beyond? With this understanding, you can choose a path that will work for the both of you. Meaning, the spender will save a portion and the saver will spend some money. Come up with mutual goals and agree on how you will achieve them together.
The goal is to handle your household finances and your goals in a blended way so that both people are comfortable. To do this, communication and action is key so that all feelings are heard and considered.
If you’re in a relationship, tell me how you handle your finances as a couple. Who handles the money? Who makes the budget? Who sets the goals?
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