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The Right Way For Couples To Talk About Money: Meredith Moore (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Finance whisperer Meredith Moore’s talk titled “The Right Way For Couples To Talk About Money” at TEDxAtlantaWomen 2023 conference.

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Talking to Your Partner About Money

Have you ever tried talking to your partner about money? How did that argument go? And exactly how many glasses of wine did you need to relax?

At home, we tend to talk more about sports and celebrities than we do money and personal finance. Money is such a taboo subject. We tend to avoid it to prevent arguments and feelings of shame and resentment.

At the holidays, we know we’re never supposed to talk about sex, politics, or money at the dinner table. Well, that is unless you’re in my family. Money is one of the leading causes of stress in relationships and one of the top causes of divorce.

Stress from a breakup creates trickle-down effects in all areas of our lives, impacting our health, our work, and our kids. For 23 years, I’ve worked with couples and their finances at all income levels, and I’ve had a front row seat to see how money impacts relationships. In fact, I’ll get a call weekly or so from a client that goes something like this, “Hey, Meredith. I know you’re not my therapist, but …”

Five Things to Consider

If you’re already talking about money with your partner and it just hasn’t been working, you may be doing it incorrectly. There are five things to consider when discussing personal finances with your partner: contribution, transparency, values, equality, and vision. Let me start by introducing you to my friend Nadia and John.

Nadia was the main earner in the household or the breadwinner. And in 2019, over 25% of married women outearned their male partners. Congratulations, ladies. Nadia was paying for a house cleaner and a nanny. But here’s the deal. Nadia was resentful.

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