By Getrude Matayo
When most couples plan things they can do together, managing money might not make it to the list. However, maybe it should. Dealing with your finances can cause major strain for anyone and certainly on any relationship.
Relationships are hard work. Perhaps one of the more challenging yet often overlooked parts of being a couple is money management.
It takes dedication, hard work, and love on both sides to make things work. Unfortunately, many couples struggle most with the financial aspect of their relationships.
Honesty is the best policy for many aspects of a relationship and nothing could be truer when it comes to your finances. Whether you are talking about your debts, credit score, or savings goals, it is always a good idea to keep an open, honest dialogue with your partner.
Once you have an open dialogue to discuss your financial situation, you can start working on it together. A good first step in financial management is building a budget that you both can follow including your earnings, bills, and projected expenditures.
In any relationship, no one partner should take on all the financial responsibilities. Make it a team effort when it comes to money matters.
Have a conversation about who is responsible for paying each bill and how much each partner will contribute. Being transparent about your shared roles will help improve your financial problems
When it comes to holding separate accounts or creating a joint account, there are a lot of opinions on what is best for couples. However, both methods can bring success. If you and your partner are honest about your financial matters, don’t worry about how other couples make it work.
It is more likely that money will cause fights with tour partners and it is important to sit objective when confronting each other.
In most cases, some of this issue are stemmed back to their childhood, and getting rid of a habit may take time. Do not hurt or easily angered when your partner makes a financial decision without you or worse mistake.