By John Ingrisano
Director, Family Finance Conference Center
[The following is taken from The Back to Basics Book of Money: A Couple’s Guide to Financial Peace, by John Ingrisano. For more information, click on the title above.]
Couples who work together on their finances have a significantly higher success rate in achieving their goals than couples who do not work as a team.
How can you begin working as a team? Do the following habit-building project. Then continue it for the rest of your lives.
It involves three things:
- Blocking out several times a week to meet to discuss your finances.
- Learning and practicing how to work as a team on an ongoing basis.
- Obtaining a copy of The Back to Basics Book of Money! A Couple’s Guide to Financial Peace book and workbook set. (See below how to order your copy.)
If you are married or have a significant other, we strongly recommend that you read The Back to Basics Book of Money out loud together, commenting and sharing your thoughts and opinions. If time is a challenge, one of you can read while the other cooks dinner or cleans
up the kitchen after a meal.
Or wait until the children are in bed and the dog is snoozing at your feet. Turn off the television and try to avoid interruptions. If possible, set aside some time (even just 30 to 60 minutes) every day several days each week. (One successful strategy is to block out an hour before a favorite television program. Devote that hour to building up your money management skills, followed by an opportunity to kick back and relax together in front of the television.) Remember, learning how to build financial peace and stability is not an afterthought. It is a significant and potentially challenging undertaking. Take it seriously.
If your partner is not interested in becoming deeply involved in this process, but is at least willing to listen and possibly make changes, provide im or her with summaries and discuss the ideas, steps and strategies and new skills you are learning each week.
The first step, if you haven’t already done so, is to meet with your other half and review the opening pages of The Back to Basics Book of Money! A Couple’s Guide to Financial Peace. Go through the book together. Then sign the pledge below.
Financial Partnership Pledge
We promise to work together to learn the ten Money Skills in the book, The Back to Basics Book of Money! A Couple’s Guide to Financial Peace, and we agree to devote no fewer than _________ hours a week to mastering these skills.
The bottom line: Work together. It takes practice, but the result is financial stability. Next week: Overcoming Marital Guerilla Warfare.
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Want to learn more about how to bring your finances under control? Check out The Back to Basics Book of Money! A Couple’s Guide to Financial Peace. The book contains 10 valuable Couple Money Skills. Plus, the Back to Basics Book of Money Workbook (which dovetails with the main text) offers 31 practical, hands-on Wealth Builder activities that can help you and your partner build financial and domestic stability. Both the book and workbook, which retail for $31.98 plus S & H, are available at the Family Finances Conference Center ebsite for $27.99 total.
To order, send a check to John Ingrisano, 4279 Hunter Road, Gainesville, GA 30506.
The Family Finances Conference Center tailors programs to the unique and individual needs of client organizations and their members and employees, based on the principles of the book and workbook set, The Back to Basics Book of Money! A Couple’s Guide to Financial Peace.
4279 Hunter Road
Gainesville, GA 30506
John Ingrisano is a business journalist, public speaker, author of The Back to Basics Book of Money! A Couple’s Guide to Financial Peace, and director of the Family Finances Conference Center. He can be contacted at (770) 314-2649.