How can we get comfortable including ourselves in the money conversation department? For most of us, talking about money can be an intimidating subject that we want to bottle up and avoid talking about with others. But I’ve learned the value of having a friend, partner, or even a family member whom you can authentically speak to about personal experiences with money. Talking finances with someone else helps take the fear and anxiety away that inevitably comes with budgeting and financial goals. A short phone call with a dear one that you trust can put it all into perspective along with encouragement. And let’s be honest, we all could use encouragement around this subject no matter the circumstances.
A good way of thinking about this is putting it in terms of having a friend to work out with. Going for runs, especially when it’s the last thing on our minds, is a lot easier when you have a friend teamed up doing it with you. Even when it’s cold or rainy, having someone to stick by your side will help keep the motivation going. This can also apply to finance; a money buddy keeps you accountable for those set-in-stone money goals you create. It can also help provide comfort since talking about money will become more of a regular habit.
The beauty of doing this is not to just live more vulnerable, but there’s a good chance of learning something new. And at the end of the day, isn’t that the point of all of this? To learn and become more confident about our finances? Personally, the more people I speak to on this matter, the more wisdom I gain. I truly enjoy talking to friends and financial coaches about their favorite methods and how they create game plans to make their financial goals a reality.
So, whether you are new to the money convo, a pro to the money conversation department, or somewhere in the middle, go get yourself a money buddy!