How To Have Healthy Conversations About Money – ep 87

Talking about finances can feel just as taboo as talking about politics with co-workers; but what if it didn’t have to be this way? Today we’re chatting about the conversations we all should be having with our friends, family, and partners about money. Listen in, then tell us how you approach your important conversations!


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Notable Notes:

What the Internet has to say:

  • This article from Real Simple outlines a list of conversation we should be having with the important people in our lives! 

What Jen + Jill have to say:

  • Spouse
    • Where does our money go?
    • Are we on track for the future?
    • Do we need to change up tasks/duties?
    • How do we want to balance risk with investments?
  • Kids
    • Consider and define need vs. want
    • College planning
    • Credit cards
  • Parents
    • Retirement plans
    • What about emergencies?
    • Long term care

More from the Internet:

  • This article from Common Ground  gives tips on how to have difficult conversations, and provides helpful insight for any potential tenuous discussion!

More from Jen + Jill:

  • How to bring up difficult topics – know what you want to say (AND THE PURPOSE OF SAYING IT!!)  
  • Choose the right time
  • When someone else wants to talk be aware of your body language, work to hear their point of view, acknowledge the person, avoid lecturing, manage emotions

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Lightning Round:

How we talk about money with our families

  • Jill shares how she approaches this with Eric
  • Jen shares how she talks money with Travis and family

Frugal Friends Book Club:

  • We are reading Jen’s book, Pay off Your Debt For Good for book club this month!
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