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

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?

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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?

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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

You are Screwing with My Life!

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“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

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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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Your Money Personality Affects Relationships

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Your ‘money personality’ is a behavioural pattern relating to your spending and saving. In a relationship it may appear your Money Personalities clash.  By understanding how opposing types can be complementary in a relationship, you will become a stronger team.

Your Money Personality is rarely just the one type.  The large majority of us are a blend of two and sometimes three.

At different times in your life and depending on circumstances, you will very likely see more than one money personality type in yourself and that’s quite natural. As a result, you’ll probably see a cross over between these – in other words, you can show parts of more than one money personality at the same time. Continue reading

The Q&A Forum #6

Welcome back! This is the last video in our Q&A series where you get to ask us your money questions.

In this episode David from Christchurch, NZ, asks, “What is the best way to pay myself from my business?”

Then Anne from Perth, Australia, wants to know how much of her income should she allocate to paying off debt.

Did you miss out on sending us your question?

No problem, if you still have a question for us, send it to hello@moneymentalist.com and we will be happy to answer it for you.

See you in our next series!

The Q&A Forum #4

Welcome to the 4th video in our Q&A series where you get to ask the questions.

Today the two questions are from Susan and Jeff.

Susan asks, – I’ve paid off all my debt, now what?

Jeff asks, – My income keeps going up but I don’t have anything left over and I’m not any happier. What’s going on?

Send us any question you have, nothing is too small and don’t even think about it being silly!

We answer all questions by email, whether we cover them here in this video series or not. Send to hello@moneymentalist.com

The Other Side of Financial Infidelity

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We’ve read the stories in the media about financial infidelity where one partner has run off with the couple’s life savings, or has mortgaged the house without their partner’s knowledge to pay a tax bill.  That is, until the bailiff comes knocking.

The other week, calls to a morning radio show around financial infidelity were hilarious – you had to laugh otherwise you would have cried! Continue reading