Finances: how to get on the same page with your money.

Marriage is a great opportunity to acheive your goals and enjoy your life with your partner.  A true power couple are good stewards of their money.

But we’ve found that money can be a tension point in relationships.  Some couples say that money is the only topic they ever really argue over.

Watch this video where Andy and Katy Gillis share how to get on the same page with your money as a couple:

How to get on the same page with your money:

Step 1: Write your goals down.  

Share your personal, couple, and family goals with your spouse.  Ask your spouse what their goals are.  Just because you got married, had kids, and started a family doesn’t mean you can’t achieve your goals and dreams.  Marriage is a unique opportunity to acheive great things with your mate; both together in your shared goals, and with their encouragement and support in each other’s personal goals.

Step 2: Create a budget.  

Money in, money out, and margin.  Become aware of where your money needs to go, could go, and should go.  Some of the money you’re earning can go towards your shared and personal goals.  Make sure your spending habits are taking you towards your goals, not in the opposite direction!  Spend some time brainstorming together.  What improvements could be made to your budget / spending habits?  And, if you need to earn more money to achieve your goals, brainstorm how you can do that.

View your life together as a wonderful opportunity to achieve your goals and create a purpose-driven life together you both can enjoy!

Andy and Katy Gillis are the hosts of the Real Marriage LIVE show Sundays at 9 pm, EST. Visit their Facebook page to tune in and gain fresh strategies to make your relationship even better!

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I feel like I’m the only one trying to make our marriage work

“I feel like I’m the only one trying to make our marriage work.”

This is a comment we receive quite often, and the solution is not “one size fits all,” because each marriage is the unique partnership between two people. It’s tough when you feel like your spouse is not “pulling their weight” or even willing to work on your marriage at all.

However, we’ve found that even when there are great challenges in the relationship, the other person usually DOES want to make things better, regardless of whether they say so or act like it.

Most of the time they don’t know how to move forward, or may not feel comfortable talking about the subject with their partner because of the tension it brings (why start a conversation when you think it might end badly?)

No matter how good we are, we can always get better.

How you approach your partner, how you treat them, and the expectations you hold them to all play a part in how they will respond to your request to “work on the marriage” along with you.

Tune into the Real Marriage show this Sunday at 9 pm EST for “Marriage Expectations”

Learn how to become aware, and then release one another, of any unmet expectations that may be keeping you from growing together.

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“Unmet expectations” can be a huge barrier to intimacy in your marriage.