How to kick off your money chat
The more we discuss finances in a relaxed environment - say savings goals at a mate’s BBQ - the more we normalise it.
Try these suggestions to help get your conversations underway.
Topic 1: How do you slice up your dough?
Did someone say homemade pizza night? Meal times are a great opportunity to work out how to divide your income, or incomes. The popular 50-30-20 budget rule— sets up the handy concept of splitting your income into three buckets, for your needs, wants and goals. Allocating 50% of your money to your needs, 30% to wants and 20% to savings can be both eye-opening and liberating.
Remember, budgets look different for everyone. You can play around with the percentages to find what works best for you – you might prefer 80-15-5 or 70-20-10. Whatever split you choose, it’s getting into the habit of moving your money into your buckets, the moment your pay lands, that’s key. Slicing up your dough's easier when you know how.
Topic 2: What’s your perfect blend of spending versus saving?
Pop the kettle on, then have an honesty session about needs versus wants over a cuppa with a mate, your other half, or just fly solo. It all comes down to balancing genuine necessities, like food and power, with nice to haves, like gym memberships. If you need a little extra focus in addition to your caffeine hit, check out how to plan your spend.
Topic 3: Ready for a savings challenge?
There’s nothing like a little healthy competition to keep you on your savings game. So, how about you and your partner, or a mate, agree on a savings goal? Maybe a holiday, a new bike, or a rainy day fund for anything unexpected that might crop up? There’s nothing like a second set of eyes on the prize to keep you committed. This could also be a good time to get familiar with setting SMART savings goals.
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