During the month of February, COMPASS is giving space for thought, questions and conversation related to couples, their money, and their money decisions. Over the course of the month, a series of guest posts will explore this topic and how different people engage in money conversations with their partner. The series of posts will offer reflection about how couples approach money, money decisions, and finances together.
Do you have some thoughts you would like to share? Might you like to think about this and share reflections in the form of a guest post yourself? If so, please let me know.
In the meantime, consider these questions yourself (and if you have a partner, with your partner):
- What is your earliest memory of money? (What is your partner’s earliest memory of money?)
- Do you believe that you have enough, or do you always feel like you are running short of enough money?
- How much money (by percentage of income) do you put away in savings, and how often?
- How often, and how much money (by percentage of income) do you give financially to faith communities, non-profits and other social needs?
- If money were no object, what would you (and your spouse) do for fun or your favorite hobby?
- What is one bigger expense that you have put off that you are hoping to make this year?
- What is one bigger expense that you know you need to pay this year?
- How would you describe your ability to talk about money with others?
- How would you describe your ability for those closest to you (like your partner) to talk about money with you?
As we travel through this series, we will also share possible resources to help explore these and other finance questions for couples.
Until the next post, and even though it is a bit early, Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that your money questions and conversations are positive and helpful, and that you are able to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a meaningful way with those you care about with or without the use of money.
This blog is a component of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center’s COMPASS initiative to engage young adults in conversations about faith and finances. Like what you see and want to know/do more? Visit the COMPASS web page and join the COMPASS community on Facebook.