Is your relationship being affected by money concerns?
Money is one of the major causes of conflict in a relationship. When two people come together in a relationship they will have almost always have different views about money. These differing views can cause serious conflicts, since they relate to security, opportunities, trust, dependence and independence in a relationship.
Are you experiencing money trouble in your relationship?
Budgeting on a regular basis puts couples in control of their habits. It’s a good way to keep track of how you spend your money. Working together allows you to develop a good knowledge of your own and your partners spending patterns. When both of you collaborate in this complex area you can begin to succeed financially — together.
Here are a few basic steps to financial co-operation:
- Prepare a time to talk about the finances when you are both calm and ready.
- Come with some ideas written down.
- Brainstorm. Float ideas without judging them as good or bad.
- Decide together which ideas are feasible.
- Write down your financial goals.
- Plan steps to achieve these goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-framed.
- Evaluate your goals at a set time each week or month. If they are not working, adjust as required.
If you cannot work out solutions between you do not hesitate to seek help from a trusted friend, a financial professional or a mediator such as a counsellor to improve communication. Creating Change Psychology is available to mediate and support your relationship in these situations.
Creating Change Psychology & Counselling provides relationship counselling to couples in Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, Kellyville, Rouse Hill, The Ponds, Glenwood, Bella Vista and the Hills District of Sydney.