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Episode 12 – Love and Money: Navigating Finances with Your Better Half

Money can be a sensitive subject, and it's often assumed that when two individuals enter a relationship, they will automatically share the same financial perspectives.
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Money can be a sensitive subject, and it’s often assumed that when two individuals enter a relationship, they will automatically share the same financial perspectives.

Today’s episode will highlight how this misconception can lead to financial problems.

And it’s an issue that doesn’t only affect new couples, it can arise at various stages of life.

This is why it’s so important to have open conversations around money.

I am constantly asked “Should we merge our bank accounts?”, but there is no one-size-fits-all answer here. It really depends on your unique situation and what you both feel comfortable with.

If you feel uneasy about sharing the intricate details of your daily spending habits and financial choices with each other, then the concept of consolidating your finances into a joint bank account may not be the best choice for your relationship.

However, agreeing to some ground rules from the outset is key.

My husband and I have always had joint bank accounts. For obvious reasons, I look after the money in our relationship. I pay the bills, I look after the budgeting, and I do the forecasting and projections to see if we are going to have enough for retirement. But we do sit down once a year to have a good, honest conversation regarding money and our goals.

Today’s episode will encourage you to sit down together to discuss your income and establish a budget and financial goals.

There is no one size fits all and you need to work out what works for your relationship.

Maintaining open communication in your relationship is crucial to avoid becoming one of the 32 percent of couples who experience financial difficulties.

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