How To Discuss Finances With Your Partner Without Freaking Out

Full disclosure: I can’t discuss having “the financial talk” without discussing my own relationship! Although my marriage is far from perfect, a culture of open discussion about finances is one thing that I believe we got 100 percent right… and I cannot take an ounce of credit for it. My husband, who does not have one iota of training in psychology or any related mental health discipline, brought to the table firm beliefs about the importance of open discussion about financial goals and issues. In fact, it was so critical to him, that he refused to make a greater commitment toward engagement and marriage until we had “the talk”. He continually cited research indicating that a top reason why marriages end in divorce is because of conflict over finances.

He’s right. Since we had “the talk”, I have seen many…READ MORE