Managing Finances in a Relationship

Most breakups in a relationship are caused by financial disagreements. From a dating couple to married ones if money issues are not well agreed on, there could be looming trouble. At my pre-marital counseling class, I got a chance to hear different views on how couples manage their finances and realized that it is not a matter of how much money couples have but how they agree on the use of the money.

One of the couples shared their way of dealing with money and this impressed me; they pooled together all their income and sat down each month end to jot down their monthly budget. Each person got some pocket money for personal use thus it did not matter how much one contributed to the pool. But of course this can only work if both parties are open about their income.

Currently with more women being empowered, some couples have found themselves in a relationship where the woman earns more than the man. This can cause a strain on the relationship especially if the woman looks down upon the man or if the man is in denial that he is earning less. It is therefore important that a couple accepts each other as they are and plan for their income as a couple rather than compete on who earns more.

Couples can open a joint account, invest in insurance for the family, buy property, buy shares in the stock market and enjoy the power of pooling funds together.

In case of further problems, couples can also get a financial advisor or a successful couple to emulate.