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The one thing nobody likes talking about.

November 21st, 2016

Grandpa had two rules:

  1. Don’t swear in front of ladies, and
  2. Don’t talk about money.

He broke number 1 that one time Mum and I joined him on the golf course…

… but number 2 was never discussed.

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It wasn’t like we didn’t have any money; in fact, we had an amazing upbringing with annual family holidays, birthday parties every second year and presents under the tree at Christmas. We never went without anything.

It was more of this unspoken rule that talking about finances was rude, unnecessary or simply just not the done thing.

So I grew up not talking about money.

Fast forward to today and I still cringe when my friends ask each other how much they’re paid, or what their weekly rent is, or even how much those new sunnies set me back.

And more seriously, I notice couples in our friendship group hiding spending habits from each other or breaking up because of differences in budgeting (that are found out way too late).

I’ve had friends go into complete meltdown because they haven’t had anyone to talk to about their situation.

But if money talks, why isn’t anyone talking about it?

People often feel embarrassed or have a fear of being judged. Maybe they don’t want to brag if they just got a promotion.

Or maybe they’re of the same mindset that our grandparents were and it’s hard for them to remove the stigma from their thoughts.

But the truth is that being open about your money habits and sharing your situation with those you trust is actually a pretty good way to set realistic goals.

Whether it’s being honest about a career aspiration or saving a house deposit or being able to afford an end-of-year trip, having someone to talk to can relieve a lot of stress.

For example:

  • If you’re in a tight financial spot and let your friends know about it, they might take more care in choosing more affordable places to eat or drink on the weekend.
  • By telling your dad you’re moving interstate and need to find a new job, he could get in touch with an ex-colleague who’s hiring a position in that location.
  • Or if you’re made redundant and feel like you have to start from scratch, your LinkedIn network can put the feelers out for new possibilities.

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Sometimes you just need a little reminder:

No matter how much you love your job, you’re working to earn money.

And if you’re not quite comfortable talking about it with someone face-to-face, there is another way.

Here’s three free apps that will help track your spending (minus the lecture you’re afraid of):

Got a Nimble Visa Prepaid Card*? Awesome! You can do this via your Member Area (without having to download anything).

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If you’re feeling adventurous, compare the results of your spending to the national averages here.

 

 

The sources we used (no BBQ in sight):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-dziura/talking-openly-about-money_b_4675295.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/brianluster/2015/02/03/if-money-talks-why-dont-we-talk-about-it-2/#2f72f95a534c

 

 

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