Can You Both Survive Christmas?

Christmas.  A festive time of giving, eating and celebrate time with family and the start of summer holidays for many in the Southern hemisphere.  Relaxing and enjoying time with the ones you love. 

Sound’s idyllic doesn’t it and for many families it is.  But for some couples it just adds more stress to what maybe an already strained relationship. Continue reading

Rich and Grumpy

rich and grumpy

There is nothing better than having a break away and getting away for a few days.  Leaving behind all the chores, taking time out from the business and instead seeing new places – or sometimes returning to our favourites.  Taking time out is something we really look forward to.

We know not everything is going to go 100% smoothly, life isn’t going to be perfect.  But when you are on holiday/vacation, that is when you are a little more tolerant and make the most of the things that go really well. Continue reading

Your Financial Journey

And that’s what this is all about.  Knowing where you are right now financially and where you need to be, so you can be financially independent.

This is the last blog in our series Nearly and Newly Weds.   The guest blogger this week is Daniel Carney, an Authorised Financial Adviser from Goodlife Advice Ltd. Continue reading

Know You are Marrying the Right Person

You know you are marrying the right person when you have mastered these 10 features of a successful relationship.

With spring here, we have a ‘Nearly and Newly Weds’ theme, our guest blogger this week is Relationship and Divorce Coach, Kimberlee Sweeney.

Through her coaching, Kimberlee has developed unique insights into relationships and shares wise words of wisdom for those couples embarking on life together. Continue reading

What’s Your Money Relationship?

money relationship

Strange as it sounds we all have a relationship with money.  Think about it, it does make sense.  The world is about relationships and money is no exception. 

In fact, your relationship with money is the longest relationship you will have in your life!

Money is everywhere, we really can’t ‘opt out’ and say we want nothing to do with it.  Unless you want to be a hermit in deepest darkest Kazakstan and be self-sufficient.  Not my idea of fun.  Continue reading

A Case for Separate Bank Accounts?

money mentalist

In a TV documentary the other week, a new survey in the UK revealed that 34% of newly married couples had separate bank accounts.  Was this the secret to a long and happy marriage?

The other stats that came out of the survey; 80% of those that have been married over 30 years have joint accounts.

So what’s the secret?  Is there one?  We have covered this before, most recently in a video from our series, Couples and Money so let’s take a look at the fundamentals. Continue reading

Money Worries and Your Intelligence

money worriesWe know that when we have money worries, they can seem all consuming.  If we go to bed worrying about money, when we wake up the next morning and it’s the first thing that pops into our head.

So, it would seem logical that when we’re in this all-consuming money worries state that we find it hard to focus on other things.  And more importantly, we find it hard to make sound rational decisions about anything (not just money). Continue reading

You are Screwing with My Life!

screwing with my life

“You are screwing with my life!” is not the best way to start any conversation, let alone one about money with your partner. 

Unfortunately, that is how a lot of conversations between partners end up, if one is feeling frustrated and angry at the lack of communication about money in the relationship.

“I thought I was doing the right thing by supporting my wife and family so she didn’t have to go to work” is what one husband said after his marriage of 25 years ended. Continue reading

Have a Happy Money Marriage

money marriage

A happy money marriage is a key ingredient to a happy marriage. We all want a live happily ever after with the person of our dreams. The intention is to spend the rest of our lives together. But the sad reality is that 70% – 80% of relationships that break up, blame money.

So, if you want a happy money marriage you need to talk about money and deal with money as a couple.

Here are a few tips for a happy money marriage.

Communicate about money

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Not all Dollars are Created Equal

not all dollars

If you happen to have cash in your wallet right now, take out a note and have a look at it.  It’s just a piece of paper.  It has a picture of someone famous on it, a few words and a number.  That’s what money is. 

In real terms, it is a medium of exchange created because bartering got a bit tricky, e.g. how do you value your cow when you want to swop it for a sack of grain.  But, as you will see, not all dollars are equal!

Sounds all very rational doesn’t it and it kept the economists happy.  But the economists forgot a very important point.  We aren’t rational!  So, when we see the piece of paper with pictures and numbers on it, we see a lot more than a symbol to buy stuff.  We see all sorts of emotions and meanings and it’s different for men & women. Continue reading