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Where "Financial Peace" Begins!
March 7, 2013
We have many books on the "how to" of money management. We can easily learn to plan a budget, conquer our debts, or prioritize our investments. But what about the emotional side of the equation? What if the reason so many of us fail with these great tools is because we don't understand our emotional relationship with money? Do we fight about finances so often because we don't have proper management skills, or because we don't understand our differences in how we relate to money? I believe it is the latter, and The Five Money Personalities give you the skills you need to get a handle on the emotional side of your finances.
Scott and Bethany have given you a great book filled with principles and insight. They explore the 5 money personalities in-depth and how couples clash and complement one another. Maybe more importantly they give you guidelines on how to talk about money and even how to have a fair fight about your finances. If that were not enough,they also give you a ton of extra helps through their website at themoneycouple.com, including their money language quiz and a financial fidelity assessment.
This book is intended to be a 90 day journey toward understanding who you are in relation to money and how you and you spouse can walk together, speaking and hearing one another, when it comes to your finances. It will give you the emotional side of the equation before you start to plan your budgets or couple your cash.
This book is easy to read, free of fluffy tree killing filler, and I consider it an essential to any couple's pre or post marriage library. Buy it now and you will find that financial peace you are looking for a lot easier to find!
The 5 Money Personalities by Scott and Bethany Palmer is the newest in the line of books by the couple. This book teaches couples how to learn to live with each other's money personality and introduces each into how to find your own as well your spouse's money personality. It encourages each to take the money personality quiz, which is a quick and easy online 10 minute test. From this test the book then guides the couple through learning the steps to not only figure out how your spouse is thinking about money but also backgrounds to each how to work together to make the plans for the future that both can live with. The book does not profess to turn every marriage into a fight free marriage but rather to understanding each other's focus where money is concerned. Money touches all of our lives and decisions that we make from where we get the coffee to drink to which car to buy. This book teaches that it is not the amount of money that is being spent that causes the problem but rather our money personality that causes the arguments. Learning to know how your spouse is thinking and discussing the decisions is what will decrease the tension within the household. This book also teaches working through the lies and deceptions and learning to trust each other's money decisions is possible for each couple. It promises to help each couple learn to build a better working money relationship with your spouse.
This book I thought was good. I read the book entirely and then took the test (which is not the way it is suggested to do). All through the book I was thinking that I knew I was a saver first and kept going back and forth about which was my second money personality. When I took the test I found that the saver personality was actually my second personality and security seeking was my first. This taught me in my second reading of the book not to judge my husband on what I was just sure was his personalities. He took the test and we found he was a flyer/spender 1st and 2nd personalities. Therein easily one can see that there might be differing philosophies on life and much fighting. The book does tell how to avoid fighting even with such different personalities as these. I encourage reading this book and taking the tests and doing the games that the writers have you do. They really work.
This book was provided for this review by Booksneeze.
I was excited to try get this book and read it because money is source of tensions in our marriage and this book has solutions to help couples fix money problems.
I first figured out my money personality which was Security Seeker which talks about how a person with this personality is predictable. And how this person can be up for an adventure as long as he can plan it. That person has no problem spending money but wants to make sure he is spending wisely. They like to know the future is settled and safe. They are all about planning, consistency, and clear expectations. When it comes to money, the Security Seeker's motto is the safer, the better. He loves a sense of order and predictability.
And what makes the couples fight is how each person is a different personality and how to manage being different and coming together, and the main point of the book is about to be honest and talk about issues because if we sit down and talk about things honestly and not hide things then the marriage won't have any problems. I really liked this book and would recommend it to my friends,
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The 5 Money Personalities Speaking the Same Love and Money Language
By Scott Palmer and Bethany Palmer
The hidden key to a healthy relationship is not just managing money but understanding how the other approaches money.
Every couple argues about money. It doesn't matter if you've been married for 40 years or dating for 4 months, money touches every decision you make as a coupleÃ¢â¬âfrom the $5 cup of coffee to the $50,000 car. And when the two of you don't see eye-to-eye on how much to spend or how much to save, that's when arguments turn into ugly toxic fights that leave both persons feeling hurt and angry. It's why money has become the #1 cause of divorce in the U.S. Obviously, something needs to change. The reason this crisis has not been addressed is because it has never been identified, defined, or given a name. Scott and Bethany Palmer, aka "The Money Couple," have identified and defined this problem and offer concrete solutions to fix it.
Once you know your Money Personality, you can get to the root of money arguments and start really working together. You'll discover what has an impact on your loved one's money decisions, and you'll learn how to talk about money in a way that's actually fun! You'll figure out how to put an end to money secrets and lies once and for all.
It's not just about money management, and it's definitely not just about overcoming debt. It is a whole new way of living that will change everything in your relationship. Tens of thousands have already been transformed. Are you ready?
I thought this book was easy to read and easy to understand. It had so many good ideas. Money is a huge problem in so many marriages and relationships. It is important to know your own money language so you can relate to your partner. So many times you are fighting because you are not speaking the same language or not able to see the situation from the other money view. Even if you do not have money problems with your relationship I would suggest that you read this book!!!
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."