Financial stability is essential to create a happy home. Of course, we all know it’s beneficial to have money, and life can be very hard without it. We all know how it can significantly impact your family life and influence the relationship with your children. It is also critical in the development of a child.
What is Financial Stability?
Financial stability is important, it is about being able to meet the needs of your household consistently. It also means you’re living comfortably within your means. This allows you to be able to set a little aside in case of emergencies.
It is not always about having a lot of money. It is very possible to create financial stability in a low-income household. Money fluctuates within any income level and causes stress on family dynamics, creating a less happy home. You don’t have to be “poor” to have money problems, and being wealthy doesn’t make the problems disappear.
There is no denying that money plays a huge roll in a partnership or marriage. Lack of financial stability can bring tension in even the best relationships. Money problems are often named one of the most common reasons for divorce. They are the leading cause of stress within a relationship. When you, as an individual, are stressed, you bring this home with you and into the relationship, causing tension between you and your partner.
On top of that, everybody has different spending habits. You might see yourself as a saver, whereas your partner might be a spender. Or maybe your partner makes more money than you. These factors can cause tension in a relationship and eventually turn into an argument between you and your partner. This and more is reason to ensure financial stability.
How to Create Financial Stability
There are a few critical elements in creating financial stability. You might seek out help to create a plan that works best for you and your family. But let’s look at some of these critical elements to keep out the tension and maintain a happy home. Let’s not forget your health, according to Finding Farina, best to invest in yourself now for a better tomorrow.
As mentioned, money problems can create tension between you and your partner. It is of the utmost importance that you and your partner have proper communication. Many arguments start because of a lack of communication (or miscommunication) when needed. You need to be comfortable talking about money without getting into a fight or blaming each other. This may sound super easy, but it can be challenging. Yet, it is so important to practice good communication to resolve and prevent issues.
Here are some pointers on good communication:
- Listen and try to understand where your partner is coming from (if you’re not sure, don’t just move on, paraphrase and ask your partner if you’ve understood correctly)
- Admit where you have gone wrong and own up to these mistakes
- Admit that you need the help of your partner to figure out your situation
- Talk about the goals you have for your family.
- Talk about what you can do (stay away from pointing the finger and saying how you think your partner should contribute)
- Create a plan (remember to keep updating and tweaking this plan as you go, the first plan might need adjusting, and there is nothing wrong with that)
- Celebrate every win, even when it’s small, and compliment each other.
- Talk about money in front of your kids. Don’t avoid the subject when they’re around, but make sure to talk about a non-threatening part of the topic such as a great deal you got on something you bought.
- Cut each other some slack. You’re in the situation together, and nobody is perfect. You both need the help of each other, and together you will figure it out.
It’s pretty obvious, really, but spend less than you earn. It’s effortless to track and calculate your finances, especially nowadays, with all the banking apps that give you an accessible overview of your expenses. Yet somehow, it is the biggest struggle for families on any income level. Here is when the importance of having a budget comes in. Make sure this budget is clear to you and your partner because you will not follow-up on it if not.
Have the patience to create a budget as part of a financial plan that works for both of you. There are many different ways to budget (do some research before you start), make sure you find the one that’s right for you and your family. When the first one doesn’t work, try another one.
Having an emergency fund is very important in any family at any income level. You can always find yourself in an unexpected situation with unexpected costs like losing a job, medical expenses, broken home appliances, etc.
However, the reality is that over a third of people have no savings or very little money put aside. The consequences are that, should an unexpected bill land, it’s likely to necessitate emergency borrowing, either using a credit card or by taking out some kind of loan that pays out fast — such as a payday loan. Both of which are among the most expensive forms of credit.
Of course, this emergency fund will not appear out of the blue, and it might scare you to think about saving when you’re already having a hard time paying the bills. But trust me, it can be done, and you’ll be happy you put in the effort when it’s needed. An emergency fund will also take some of the weight off your shoulders as you’ll know you have a safety net when need be.
There is nothing wrong with starting small, saving $10-$20 per week, and build up from there. We usually tend to save up what we have left at the end of the month, only to realize nothing is left to save. The best way to start saving is to put money in your savings first instead of waiting to see what you have left. So start each week or month by setting the amount you want to save apart.
Give It Daily Attention
Commit to creating this financial stability for your family by spending 15 minutes a day learning about the topic. Read blogs, listen to podcasts, join social media groups, really anything that will give you insight into the issue and will help you grow. Just reading what other people say about the topic might help you in your own strategy.
This whole subject might be very overwhelming to you, and you might not know anything about it. Still, you’re here, reading this article because you know you need to change something. Gathering more information will help make more sense of it, and just like anything else you’ve ever had to learn, it takes time and practice, but you will get there if you are persistent.
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