Different cultures have different practices. Here in our country, usually women are the ones who are more knowledgeable when it comes to money management. They handle the budgeting and other family matters while the husband is busy working as a breadwinner of the family.
But women tend to be more shopping addict than men a lot of times. What will you do now if your husband is not comfortable to you in handling the finances of the family because of some reasons?
One common symbol of wealth is the tuxedoed and monocled Monopoly man. But making money is not a game, and men shouldn’t have a monopoly on financial knowledge. Here are some personal finance advice for women for becoming more comfortable handling money and finances.
Learn the basics. It’s tough to win at Monopoly if you don’t play or even know the rules. One of the most important steps for women to take is to be involved in financial decisions and management. Women can ask their husbands and make sure they understand how and what is happening with the household finances.
Do it yourself. Do you have a joint checking account with your husband? Believe it or not, you also need an individual checking account. Here’s why:
Women tend to outlive men, which means that many married women will be widows and will be responsible for financial decisions.
Get organized. Enter the world of money management without a map, and you’ll end up wandering aimlessly. It’s important to set goals, have a plan for reaching goals, and review the goals and plans on a regular basis. Good recordkeeping can be an asset in financial management.
Have a good discussion. Take an active interest in your money and ask questions. Good communication among family members and financial advisors is critical. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and keep asking them until the answers are clear and understandable. Don’t turn over all financial decisions to someone else and not pay attention. No one else cares as much about your money as you do.
Overcome obstacles. Some people still have the old-fashioned idea that it’s not a woman’s role to manage money. But often, the biggest obstacle is your own attitude. Show your husband that you’ve got skills in managing finances.
Having a positive attitude about managing money can have a big effect on how well people do managing money. Being involved in financial decisions and practices is the best way to learn and gain confidence in financial skills.
Take small steps. You don’t have to become a financial wizard all at once. Just make slow, steady progress. Set a specific money management goal for this week or this month. Set a goal to read an article about financial information. Go to classes on a financial management topic. Ask someone to explain how to balance a checkbook or to read a credit card statement or investment report. Find a friend who also wants to learn about financial matters and sign up for a class together.
P.S. I will be having a financial planning seminar in our office next week.
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