I know this is a sensitive time for everybody, and I hope this podcast brings some hope. Several weeks ago, I recorded a podcast with Michael from @winningtowealth .
The principles of this conversation can be applied to the current quarantine situation. I thought that merging finances with my husband would put us at odds, but it actually brought us closer together, and made us feel like complete teammates.
In this podcast, we talked alot about marriage, teamwork, and paying off debt. For those of you that have a spouse who isn’t on board, or is hesitant about budgeting I completely understand. I was that spouse. I didn’t want to budget, or feel like my money was being “controlled,” but it turns out, it was like that book "green eggs and ham". I had to try it to know what I was missing, and I had to come to the decision to pay off the debt and start a budget on my own.
A couple of pointers when talking to a spouse who doesn’t like talking about finances:
*With the current situation, perhaps start by asking what is the short and long term financial plan for your family, and how can you achieve this together?
*Be nice, calm, and patient.
*Don’t expect your spouse to change in one conversation.
*Know that you can’t control your spouse, only yourself.
*Do periodic check-ins with how they are feeling about the subject.
When we initially taped this podcast, I missed my morning coffee and gave the wrong debt payoff number. The point of the podcast isn’t about how much we paid off, it’s about how you and your spouse can rise to the occasion together to achieve great things.
It’s a few episodes back, if you listen, let me know what you think of it! Have a great evening, and thanks again to @winningtowealth for having me! -Lauren #debtfreecommunity #debtfreecollective