1. Be all businessBook a monthly (non-negotiable) meeting to review the state of your household nation. Look at debt, investments, bills, cash flow.
2. Time it right
Hold your monthly talks on the weekend, perhaps after a nice lunch together. Don’t wait until the end of the day when you’re both tired.
3. Focus on the big picture
Tailor your money talks to items that affect household planning or spending. Delve into details only if something doesn’t add up.
4. Allow some privacy
Don’t feel the need to question each other over every dime; this could get accusatory and exhausting. As long as the accounts are balancing, a little mystery helps keep the romance alive.
5. Don’t wing it
Bring the paperwork, bills and account statements so you can calculate your state of affairs based on facts, not guesses.
6. Set goals
Commit to new action steps each month. Nothing motivates like seeing progress on slashing down a debt or achieving a big, fat nest egg.
7. Use a tracking system
Create a spreadsheet or print out your monthly banking and credit card statements to help you see where your money is going.
8. Don’t surprise him
Never launch a money discussion by surprise. It’s not fair to catch your partner off guard.
Money experts Laura McDonald and Susan Misner recently appeared on Cityline to give advice about love and money. Watch the interview here!