There’s very little that a couple cannot achieve when they both have a strong desire to complete a goal, but when one person has certain changes they want to make and the other partner is left in the dust, it can truly cause havoc. Communication is so vital in relationships, and when you’re vocal and open about the milestones you wish to conquer, with your significant other, it can make everything much more reasonable.
Where financial conversations are concerned, it can be a tricky topic, but it you have some points to make that would benefit you both it can be a calm conversation. Often going into a chat about money causes stress, but have a plan, take some notes or an outline of the changes you can make to get everything off on the right foot.
Maybe one party spends money with less caution than the other, or one party works too much and it is causing strain on the partnership. These things happen in every relationship, and yours is no different so take it with stride that this is all totally normal. The key is to remain calm during the conversation, have solid points as to why changes need to be made, and mention the benefits. Have a reasonable timeline on how long these changes can take to be successful without disrupting either of your lives. Money doesn’t have to be the topic of doom, it’s all in how your present the discussion.
As directed by Forbes Magazine, be sure to be open about listening to the other person’s point of view on the issues as well. Being a good listener is imperative in any healthy communication for a relationship. Regardless of what you both to your current financial terms, take this time to make positive changes with an open mind.
Dorathy has an economics minor from York University in Toronto, Ontario and worked for one of Canada’s largest banks. She will share her own financial tips and keep you updated on current finance news.