Start The Money Conversation With Your Partner With These Questions

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:

  1. What is your most painful money memory?
  2. What is your most joyful money memory?
  3. How did these experiences shape your relationship with money?
  4. What three things did you parents teach you about money?
  5. Which lessons have you applied in your financial life?
  6. Was your family rich, poor, or middle class growing up?
  7. What were your family's values around money?
  8. What is your greatest financial fear?
  9. What are your most important financial goals?
  10. 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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