Finances can be a huge problem point in relationships, but opening up the dialogue about spending is one of the best things you can do. The Wall Street Journal put together a list of some essential questions to get that painfully awkward conversation started.
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Speaking with a variety of experts, the Wall Street Journal has 10 conversation starters to make sure you’re both on the same page about financial issues:
- What is your most painful money memory?
- What is your most joyful money memory?
- How did these experiences shape your relationship with money?
- What three things did you parents teach you about money?
- Which lessons have you applied in your financial life?
- Was your family rich, poor, or middle class growing up?
- What were your family’s values around money?
- What is your greatest financial fear?
- What are your most important financial goals?
- What are you willing to do differently around money?
Chances are that many of these questions are topics you’ve already covered, but it’s still a good way to get a solid indication of where a partner stands on finances so there aren’t any crazy surprises down the line.
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