Money can be a complex topic, and in relationships, there are many aspects to discuss and understand. It is important to first work out what you need financially to feel confident and secure within the relationship.
Money conversations tend to be ongoing, so it is unlikely all of your questions will be discussed in the first conversation.
It can be useful to pick and choose where to start – below are some questions that will help you work out how you are feeling about your current situation and clarify what you want to know, and what money conversations may be most helpful.
How would you describe your financial situation – are you happy with it?
Do you have access or can you get access to your shared money?
Are you happy with the amount of money you contribute to the household finances?
Are you comfortable to have conversations about money with your partner?
Considering all the information from the questions above – what have you learned about your financial position?
What would you like to achieve by talking to your partner about money?
Write down a couple of goals you want to achieve and keep these in your mind when you are ready to have a conversation.
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You’ve completed part one of our Healthy Financial Relationships Toolkit – preparing for the conversation.
We hope you’ve gained a better understanding about money and you’re feeling prepared.
If you’re ready to take the next step, to begin a conversation about money with your partner, get started with part two: talking about money.