Couples struggling with their financial situations talk about their lack of money or their fear of not having enough money. Or they completely avoid the subject of money until they have financial crises which only reinforces their problems. They may also blame their circumstances or other people for the fact they do not have money. They could change their lack of money by talking about new ways to create money and then joining their efforts to increase their cash flow.
We find that most couples need to learn how to manage their anxiety long enough to discuss money-making plans instead of looking at their current lack of money.
Over time, that initial anxiety about money often disappears and is replaced with money-related positivity.
Your entire family qualifies as a money-making team as long as you all agree on a specific and achievable goal. Even very small children can be taught the financial importance of teamwork. Learn to acknowledge their contributions by granting them special privileges or giving them a money allowance in exchange for their contribution of even five or ten cents toward your family goals.
Many couples have told us that making an extra $1,000 per month would relieve their financial stresses and would also add to their overall satisfaction in life. Several couples have reported back to us and told us that by working together, they ended up making more than their initial goal of $1,000 a month and made new friends along the way that added to the happiness in their marriage.