Thursday, December 4, 2008

Family Feuds when Opposites Attract

Opposites may attract, fall in love, get married, and live happily ever after. But when a couple has opposite views on the financial front, things can get a little intense at times.

Many people stress the importance of marrying someone who has similar values regarding money. That's wise fodder for consideration, but even when this occurs, the financial spectrum is huge, and thus, varying values on different financial aspects are a possibility. And even if there is a general consensus (e.g., that building an emergency fund is important), couples may assign different degrees of importance to a goal (e.g., one thinks that saving 3 months of income is plenty while the other wants to fill that fund with a year's worth of expenses).

This blog is an acknowledgement to the fact that even the most cohesive families may feud at times due to money matters. Yet, while these disagreements about financial topics may occur, our purpose is to find a way to calmly approach family finances, compromise as needed, and obtain a healthy balance so that these different view points don't override what should be a cozy atmosphere of love and joy at home.

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