So one of the questions I get asked the most is how in the world do you manage a budget with your spouse? Of course I mostly get asked this question from women, but there is no doubt in my mind that there are men out there who struggle as well. It can be so hard to talk to our spouses about money especially when they are not interested. Never fear, I have the proven method that works to manage money as a married couple. It might not be easy, but I promise it works.
I recently had a friend ask me to come over and help her get a budget figured out. We got out paper and a pen, I had my best advice right at the tip of my tongue and then she started telling me her problems. What I didn’t expect was that all of her problems had more to do with not managing money well with her husband instead of money itself is the problem. I felt helpless. It’s nearly impossible to give financial advice when a couple is not working together as a team. You can read every budgeting book under the sun, but you won’t fully succeed with a budget until you have open communication with your spouse or partner. That’s why instead of dishing out money tips, I want to talk about how to discuss and execute a budget with your spouse or partner.