You know you want to be together forever, but if there's one thing you fight about, it's money. Maybe you’re a spender and your partner is a saver. Maybe you keep cash in savings accounts while they gravitate toward risky investments. Maybe they want to maintain detailed budgeting spreadsheets, but you’d rather not dedicate the time to that. It’s possible to get along really well with someone … [Read more...] about You’re compatible in every way … except financially. How to deal?
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This question was submitted by a reader! Do you have a money question you’d like Gen Y Planning to answer in a future blog post? Submit it to genyplanning.com/askgyp. What should the financial planning look like when you have a parent who has no retirement saved up and won’t be working much longer due to health issues? My mother-in-law rents in a bad part of town, works at temp jobs, is turning … [Read more...] about Ask Gen Y Planning: How to Financially Support Family?
“It’s complicated” is a great way to describe life in your 30s. You’ve been working for a while, so you might finally feel more financially stable than ever before. But on the other hand, you often have competing financial priorities. Career growth, serious relationships, family, and major life purchases tend to make this a very busy decade. Also, tiny wrinkles start showing up where you didn’t … [Read more...] about 8 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 30s
Here’s a question that can negatively affect your relationship with a friend, relative, or significant other for years to come: Can I borrow some money? When someone you care about needs financial help, you don’t want to leave them in the lurch. After all, these are the people you’d turn to in a crisis -- shouldn’t you be there for them, too? And in many cultures, it’s the norm for adult children … [Read more...] about How to Lend Money to Loved Ones Without Wrecking Your Relationships
When you’re dating someone, there are some conversation topics that are tough to bring up -- and I’m not talking about how your last relationship ended! I’m talking about money. We’re taught from a young age that it’s rude to discuss money, and when you’re on your best behavior around a new romantic prospect, it’s easier to just keep quiet about it. But the relationship you (and your dates) have … [Read more...] about How to Talk About Money With Your Significant Other
If you’ve built up savings and investments while single, it can be tough to shift your mindset from “me” to “we” when you meet someone you want to be with for the long haul. I answer a lot of client questions about merging finances and setting joint money goals -- while still leaving each half of a couple the space to be their own person. Odds are you won’t settle down with someone who has … [Read more...] about How to Combine Your Finances as a Couple: Real-Life Advice I Give My Clients