Discussing financial matters with other people is usually uncomfortable. It can be even worse if you have to broach the topic with your family or a loved one. No matter how awkward it may be, talking about finances can help prevent future problems. Continue reading to learn some tips:
Identify the problem
If you are planning to have a talk with your family, it’s because either you or one of them has a problem. Either way, it’s important to determine which issues you should discuss—debts, low income, high expenses, medical bills, or whatever it is. You also have to recognize any related difficulties that may arise.
Set the mood
A good motive in the wrong situation may end up making things worse. Therefore, knowing when, where, and how you can properly talk about the matter is vital to solving the problem.
Pick a time where both parties have no subsequent activity. Then, choose a private place where both are comfortable. Also, you have to know how your listener feels. A negative emotional state such as stress and anxiety might work against you.
Children may join family discussions that aren’t too sensitive. For example, lowering the expenses is a subject where you can include children because even in small ways they are capable of helping out. Most matters, however, are best left to the adults.
During the talk
When opening up to others regarding your problem, you might have to bear hearing a few unsolicited pieces of advice. Don’t get annoyed. Understand that the people you love are only offering everything that they think might help. Listen to what they have to say as there might be something new to learn.
If it’s a loved one who is struggling financially, keep quiet as they tell their story. Sometimes, even just having a person to listen as they vent is already a great help. Say things that you wouldn’t mind to hear if they were said to you.
List all the pros and cons of every potential solution that comes up, and then weigh them all to see which would best apply to the current situation. Set short-term and long-term goals to better measure your progress.
Revisit every once in a while
Circumstances change over time. It’s best to keep your plan customized every so often. Agree to meet every three months to realign your actions with whatever the goal is at that moment.
It’s not easy to open up to other people about financial struggles, but the support of your loved ones can greatly help you through.