Money minutes, money dates—you name it, my spouse and I work hard to find ways to come together regularly to talk about our cash. We do it because we know it’s important, but also because we’re aware that we’re financial opposites: He likes to spend, I like to save.
That’s not to say that I don’t know how to open up my wallet. It’s more about approach: He’ll shell out regularly for little purchases (a $9 mustard, a $30 video game) whereas I’ll prioritize zero(ish)-spending for a stint, then splurge on pricier items like a fancy moisturizer or new coat.
Still, if you are financial opposites, how do you play to each other’s strengths, while also staying financially aligned? We asked Aja Evans, a money expert and financial therapist, for her advice.