Discussing money in relationships shouldn’t be awkward
Dear lovers — married or would be married — let’s have a little money talk. There are conversations on various matters that concern couples, so many that seem to crowd out an important aspect of relationships — money. This is probably due to the view of money conversations being awkward.
Having awkwardness related to such an important conversation would make people shy away from it, and this can have adverse effects. What if you could have the conversation in a fun and interesting manner through money dates? Let us show you how this can work with five simple steps.
Keep the romance: Go on money dates
Though it is a money talk, you don’t want it to be all rigid and boring by making the atmosphere tense and setting a wrong pace for conversations. You can choose to have an affordable fun outing that ends up with dinner. Alternatively, especially if you are married, you can decide to cook each other’s favourite meals and have fun at that. The idea is to keep the atmosphere beautiful and calm.
Stick to a schedule
With so much happening around us these days, we can unintentionally forget even the most important things. In order not to fall into this 21st-century trap you should commit to reminding each other about the date in a fun way. You can step up your game by setting secret love alarms on your partner’s phone; popping up a few days to the date. The alarms should have short beautiful heartfelt messages and a reminder attached.
Discuss your money goals together
If you want to be serious about financial progress, you have to set goals. Starting an investment plan, together or individually, is a good way to realize your financial goals in a rewarding manner. If you don’t have financial goals you are building up for already you can set one and review on subsequent money dates. For reviews, you would both get to assess how well you are doing with your commitments and how to improve if there is a need to.
You can set up a joint savings account with your loved one, using Circles. Read more about Circles here
Start a budget game
Even though you might invest together, you would spend individually. A date like this presents a good time to assess individual spendings. It is a moment for individual reflections, and not a time to castigate one another. So take turns to speak and encourage each other to do better where there is slack. You can design individual budgets and grow together.
Taking out time to speak about your money would not only help improve your financial life but help reduce stress and anxiety according to Britney Castro; a financial expert. Also, it would help promote transparency between both of you and that would help strengthen your bond. You should get started with it and share your experience with us when you do; if you don’t mind.