When asked what my wife’s pet peeve is about me, she will quickly respond with “he wants to discuss our finances too often!” I THINK I’ve gotten better over the years, but I’ll have to ask again!
I came up with a saying that I share with my clients…“In order to make money a non-issue, you must consistently make it an issue.”
Apparently, I take this principle too far, but it’s true. Finances are too complicated, overwhelming, and dynamic to NOT talk about them.
Plus, our stress, anxiety, and fear subside as we CONSISTENTLY bring money issues to the surface.
Here are 3 guidelines when it comes to talking about money:
- Do it! It may feel awkward or worthless at first, but you have to start somewhere. Make it a habit to check in monthly.
- Recognize and appreciate differences. Just as there are different personalities, there are different ways of handling money. Start and end with humility.
- Give a little! If you are married, there are TWO people involved. Someone will be the natural leader in this area, but that doesn’t mean they have all the power!