“Sometimes it’s not about the money but rather the process of managing the money.” —Anonymous

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As you move through the seasons of marriage, it’s easy to fall into a comfort zone. It’s easy for the different intimacies to become a routine, and for you to become complacent.
One of those intimacies, prone to falling into a comfort zone, is your financial intimacy; how you’re handling finances together.

You may have found yourself making statements like: 

  • Oh, he/she handles all of that.
  • I don’t do numbers.
  • I’m good with whatever my spouse decides to do.
  • That’s not my area.
  • My spouse doesn’t really like to talk about budgets, money, or anything financial.

When you made the decision to get married, you also made a commitment to live a life with your spouse. 

Not just the parts that you think you are good at.  Not just the parts that you like to do. You made a commitment to do all of it.

Which includes handling finances. 

The two of you are a team. If you have joint accounts, this is even more true. No matter if your accounts are separate or together, money is still a factor in your marriage. 

This is a topic that makes some people uncomfortable for a variety of reasons but it doesn’t have to be that way. 

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In marriage, you share a number of responsibilities. That’s why working together as money comes into the house, and out of the house, is important. You can learn the basics of personal finance and use those skills to support each other.

So many marriages end because of finances. The differences in how money should be spent or saved can be a source of stress. Financial indiscretions happen, and they can be painful. 

That’s why it’s important you both understand your finances. Honor one another by getting on the same page. 

As you become more in alignment with each other through money conversations, you’ll find these conversations will get easier. Remember you had a vision for what your future was to look like. Financial management is part of that vision no matter when you realize those dreams. 

It’s time to step out of your financial comfort zone and step into the extraordinary together.

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