Avoiding Financial Strife: 6 Principles for Couples

Money touches all aspects of our lives. It has the power to bring us great joy as well as ruin. The topic of money implicates the full spectrum of emotion,  so it’s no wonder money causes more marital conflict than perhaps anything else. Learning to wisely manage money with a partner is something not taught to most of us, let alone modeled for us in a healthy way.

Learning to be gritty

April is National Financial Literacy Month, so I’ve been reading stories of everyday people working through money struggles. My favorite read this month has been Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) by Beth Kobliner. The ability to stick with it and persevere matters more than your IQ and educational background. Studies show that grit leads to a more satisfied life, as well as higher income and net worth. And here’s the best part: grit can be learned, both by kids and adults.

Best of 2017: Book Recommendations

Bill Gates reads 50 books a year. Warren Buffett reads 500 pages a day. Unsurprisingly, studies show a correlation between voracious reading and success. While I’m not quite at the pace of Gates or Buffett (though listening to audiobooks at 2x certainly helps), this year I did read about a dozen books on personal finance and healthy habits. Two stand out as must-reads for just about everyone, regardless of season of life or level of income, to transform the way you view, use and enjoy your wealth.