Financial management is often a source of conflict for couples that grows out of a lack of understanding and communication around money and how it relates to your relationship.
Money has the potential to become a point of contention in your relationship; be proactive and begin to understand how money influences the relationship you have with your partner.
Begin to understand how you and your partner relate to money – and how that in turn impacts your relationship – by asking “Why?” Ask to understand, not to judge yourself or your partner. Ask yourself why when you choose to pay more than the balance due on your student loan each month; ask why your partner felt it is important to give to local charities. The idea is to identify the reasoning behind the financial decision and to apply that learning build more awareness of the impact of money.
Become mindful of your money by learning something new with your partner. Find a local class to attend on a financial management area that interests you and your partner (investing, debt reduction, budgeting, etc.). Plan to have a discussion afterwards about money and your relationship in the context of the new learning.
A good resource for Australian couples is MoneySmart.
If you and your partner ever feel overwhelmed by your results or the ensuing discussion, we encourage you to seek out professional support. Call us.
Consider taking an assessment or working through our Discussion Guide for Couples… that’s a great place start! Tune in for more tips next week.
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