Money may make the world go ‘round, but issues concerning money can put a real damper on a relationship if not handled well. Whether you have a lot or a little, there’s bound to be some disagreement, somewhere along the way, as to how your income is best to be spent or saved.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
If you are having disagreements, it would be worth your effort to put the time aside, preferably in a few installments, to put together a realistic budget. When you have all the numbers in black and white, you may see that both you and your partner’s goals can be met. It may also be that you must choose categories and shuffle numbers, but at least you can both see what is going on.
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Here’s how your budget-planning pilot session should go:
· Set a date and time and stick to it.
· Relax – you’re both on the same side here. Make yourselves something nice to eat so this can be as enjoyable as possible.
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· Write down as many specific categories as you can both think of.