Health & coach

Life coach Kirsten Long ad­vises on love, work and more.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Front Page -

Your kitchen’s se­cret weapon. And, “My boyfriend and I live to­gether, but we have very dif­fer­ent ideas when it comes to money. How should I han­dle this situation?”

Q“My boyfriend and I live to­gether, and I love him, but we have very dif­fer­ent ideas when it comes to money. I bud­get and save, while he spends ex­trav­a­gantly. How should I han­dle this situation?”

It’s ex­tremely im­por­tant to agree on how to han­dle money is­sues in a re­la­tion­ship, as fi­nances can be a ma­jor cause of con­flict for a cou­ple.

Ex­plain to your boyfriend that you’d like to come up with a plan that meets both your needs. You could open a joint account for monthly ex­pen­di­ture and a joint sav­ings plan. Draw up a bud­get and agree on an amount that’s suit­able for both ac­counts.

Talk about your sav­ings and agree what you’ll spend them on. What­ever you’re sav­ing for, it helps to have a spe­cific goal in mind.

The rest of the money is for each of you to spend as you will. Work at al­low­ing him to spend his money as he pleases. The key thing is to stick to your plan, but if he’s spend­ing too much and ac­cu­mu­lat­ing debt, you have a big­ger prob­lem on your hands. Coun­selling could be the an­swer, but never agree to pay off his debt. You need to be strong.

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